The Eye
Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)

The Atlantic is a stormy moat, and the Mediterranean,
The blue pool in the old garden,
More than five thousand years has drunk sacrifice
Of ships and blood and shines in the sun; but here the Pacific:
The ships, planes, wars are perfectly irrelevant.
Neither our present blood-feud with the brave dwarfs
Nor any future world-quarrel of westering
And eastering man, the bloody migrations, greed of power,
Are a mote of dust in the great scale-pan.
Here from this mountain shore, headland beyond stormy head-
    land plunging like dolphins through the gray sea-smoke
Into pale sea, look west at the hill of water:  it is half the
    planet:  this dome, this half-globe, this bulging
Eyeball of water, arched over to Asia,
Australia and white Antarctica:  those are the eyelids that 
    never close; this is the staring unsleeping
Eye of the earth, and what it watches is not our wars.

Immortal Poems of the English Language (Williams)