As islands shining in the gulf can seem

Enveloped by the ocean's paper weight

Which presses coral glue on seams

That join vast seas to emirates,


So lips' small letter with the blood is sealed

By rivers wrapped up brilliantly in light,

Suspended on the Persian teal

Of airplane lines above the white


Of overlapping surf where

Views are cancelled by the eye

When the flying world pares

Down a distant surge of sky:


An island and its oceans merge

When posted letters turn to words.