The Particularization of Impulse

The tsunami in open ocean
      is one meter high
            and travels at 500 miles per hour.
Its energy
      is the genericization
            of event;
                  its impulse
                        carries no evidence
Of the particulars of its generation.
Only as it passes and causes local accelerations in media—
Only as, on its shoaling, the scarcity of medium forces
      the transduction of its impulse
            to greater local effect
Is the energy of the tsunami again
            in distortions
Of nonliquid matter—
      particulars related only through the state-chain of causality of impulse
To the particulars of its generation.

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