The ice plant is not in flower:
it extends, a springy floor
over the rocks and the sand
for whoever rests here and
watches the sea's explosion
below this point: crash, crash. On
waves, farther out, the gulls roost.
Cold hard light, from this I must
always begin, to see clear
the look of mid-December.
Nothing unifies the place
but the chilly blown dryness.
In late spring the ice plant will
break into mild stars: meanwhile
for this weed, to endure is
to grow. Three flat surfaces
make each of the leaves seem a
stem, bulging and greenish-grey,
though they are like leaves pointed.
Snap them, they are moist inside.
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