The ocean has not been quiet for a long while; five night-herons
Fly shorelong voiceless in the hush of air
Over the calm of an ebb that almost mirrors their wings.
The sun has gone down, and the water has gone down
From the weed-clad rock, but the distant cloud-wall rises. The ebb whispers.
Great cloud-shadows float in the opal water.
Through rifts in the screen of the world pale gold gleams and the evening
Star suddenly glides like a flying torch.
As if we had not been meant to see her; rehearsing behind
The screen of the world for another audience.
Evening Ebb: Robinson Jeffers, from Dear Judas (1929)
Pacific Ocean from Carmel River State Beach: photo by Daniel J. McKeown and Jessica Dryden-Cook, 2006