Rooms by the sea
after a painting by Edward Hopper
by Judith Taylor
You know by the light
when the sea’s near.
Landbound, how you mistake
that silver shifting
and you seek it
unwary how, if you build your house
in reach of the sea, that freedom
it speaks to you will be all its own
Though you case your stone foundations
even in caulker’s tar
that tide will come.