Tankas for what Comes Together

At the seashore, wind
almost lifts our spindrift bodies,
sand scrapes our skin.
Let that sleek seal beat back the waves—
thunder amasses in cloud.

I do not believe in the failure of caring
for each other. How
can I when the cascading waves
gather us all in the rise?

From Last Days by Tamiko Beyer. Copyright © 2021 by Tamiko Beyer. Reprinted with the permission of the Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Alice James Books.