Neither Out Far Nor 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?

by Robert Frost

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I 😍this poems by Robert Frost
I've always loved this poem since living 3 years on Cape Cod many years ago. It is exactly how I feel about being on the beach.
Such a brilliant poem... They cannot look out far. They cannot look in deep. But when was that ever a bar To any watch they keep?
The sea is a reflection of human consciousness, we cannot look out far nor in deep, but the changes to the sea (loss of sea life, atmospheric changes, jellyfish blooms and their mindless spineless consumption) are the metaphysical changes we see in
Frost tells us things about human nature, that perhaps we knew but had not taken notice of. We see ourselves anew through his eyes.
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