Water Wake

Kristen Roberts

They drive in procession to Point Addis
(a place where land ends abruptly above the sea
and the waves corrupt its flaws incessantly)
and walk in silence down to the beach.

The wreath stays on the board a while
(unsettling with each undulation
as the sea-floor drops and swell increases)
and then dark water seeping sets it free.

Most of them pocket a stone or a shell
(and one remarks that flowers make no sound
in the wind; that if cliffs whistle and wave tips hiss,
the silence of flowers feels grim)
and as they climb the stairs to the road
they sing, for songs were his other great love.