The meaning of the seas
Undefeated these waves and tides
Through all the occupied centuries
When sea-fogs hid Moorish boats shipping opal
To Byzantium while Frisian raiders
Looted every monastery south
Of Lindisfarne. People move from times
Of hunger to places of plenty acoss seas
Where membranes of wood and tattered sail
Lift them towards the moon-blood
Of fertility and away from the torture
Of watching their children starve to death
On the rocky slopes of miss-begotten lands.
Tempest-seas that death by water could not appease
Flung the very gods of earth and air into the foaming seas
To drive poor sailors to risk their lives to find a way to very heaven.