Where is the speaker in "Wellfleet Sabbath"?
The speaker is apparently in a dining room, just before the Sabbath meal, and everything seems orderly and calm. No specific person is being addressed, and the reader is therefore invited to share the serenity of the moment. The original insights provided by the poet’s metaphors (such as the water being gray like a dove, and the sky being barred like the sand after the tide is out) indicate that both speaker and reader may view life with wonder and love. The fact that it is a dining room with loved ones around and expecting a wonderful eal on this special day in the religious calendar suggests also a tranquilness and serenity from the normal bustle of family life.