What was it I meant to tell you? …
How the shore’s a huge armoire
full of gowns, all its drawers packed
and gleaming? Something about pleasure
and excess: thousands of foamy veils,
a tidal wrack of emerald, glamor
of froth-decked, dashed pearl bits.
A million earrings rinsed in the dawn.
I wish you were here.
— Mark Doty, from “A Letter from the Coast,” Atlantis: Poems (HarperPerennial 1995)