Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost

Robert Frost received acclaim for his poems about the life and landscape of New England. But at LA Stormwater, we imagine the mysterious Pacific Ocean was the inspiration for this little beauty.

Neither Out Far or In Deep

The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.

As long as it takes to pass
A ship keeps raising its hull;
The wetter ground like glass
Reflects a standing gull.

The land may vary more;
But wherever the truth may be—
The water comes ashore,
And the people look at the sea.

They cannot look out far.
They cannot look in deep.
But when was that ever a bar
To any watch they keep?

–Robert Frost, 1934

 

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