Poem 4/26/11

"The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" by Katsushika Hokusai (available at amazon.com)

In that one moment
before the wave hits,
you have a choice: 


bow to the ending
of all that you've known


or rail fruitlessly against 
the wave that ended it.


Which do you choose?

I have lived my life
intent on bowing
to the beauty of the wave
as it crashes overhead, 
holding my breath
and then diving.