the artist

for JKM:

the busy girl on the beach
is, unmistakably,
an artist
I could tell when an errant wave
white with rage
laid waste to her castle:
a morning’s careful work.

smiling as perhaps Rodin did
when admonishing Rilke:
Il faut toujours travailler
she began shoveling again at once–
an artist knows
her purpose is not to reign
but to build