Condition of the Sea
12 September 2017
Latitude: 44.346525 Longitude: 14.601731
Inspired by the Croatian weather service’s version of the Douglas Scale, as translated into English
Yesterday, the sea was calm,
Not quite a zero mirror,
But 1: wrinkled with phenomena.
Today is mainly 2:
Short, small waves,
The banks look glassy.
But we are moving up to 3:
Places of whiteness here and there,
For 4, the noise must look
Like a mock clap.
Not quite there yet.
No waves with many whites.
Tonight, from the south, will come the pushing,
The thick white strips of 6,
Blowing off the foam
With its continuous clatter;
Its noise is like a whirling hook.
Foam flared from sparkling hills,
Waves rolling hard and striking:
And back home,
Aileen is 8,
Cleaning the peaks of all the waves,
The sea completely filled with sea smoke, stripes.
The waves cross each other
From different directions,
A complex interference impossible to describe.
Wish to look again
In the mirror.