silly ocean

When I described you as an ocean
It was because I was still close to it

When I looked on you dead center
It was to remember the thing with the soft outlines

It was to remember the thing
I had grown used to forgetting

Dorothea Lasky, from “You think language is silly until it happens to you,” The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume, ed. Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby (Literary House Press, 2014)