breeze blowing sand in my face
At forty knots an hour.
Is the ocean roaring?
What is the right word to describe the sound,
The word for what the ocean says?
Ed Cameron who reminded me of our meeting
Thirty-six years before and counting
Claims to never pay attention to it, said
“The ocean is white noise.”
The waves are all on the same frequency
A solid string of sound.
THE NORTH PACIFIC
Charles Potts was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho,
in 1943. He has been publishing and writing since 1963. e
has been a resident of Walla Walla, Washington since 1978,
where for many years he produced the Walla Walla Poetry Party.
Across the North Pacific was his twenty-third book.