By Gene Lemcio
Some waves pound shores
with clenched, white-knuckled fists
as if to underscore
a crucial (or an empty) point
to every pebble—dense, inert--
and shiny, languid kelp
with summersaults of froth and foam.
Still others slap the contoured beach
palm-down with fingers spread,
but shaped and manicured
by slopes, slants and obstacles of mixed debris
that speed, slow, block
their growth at varying rates
before the sure withdrawal and the next attempt.
Mild-mannered ripples hardly cause a stir
except, perhaps, to flick the life
that teems in microscopic specimens.
There, eddies heave
whole worlds of work and love,
whose fragile mass and voice
yet modify each new assault.
Eugene Lemcio, Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University, taught there for thirty-six years. He earned an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Cambridge University (Trinity College). Gene began his academic career at Houghton College with a B.S. in zoology (and a minor in chemistry).