Rain blurs the horizon, murky opacity

shrouding distance imperceptible, lash talons

curtain-thrash to heather hill across the harbour.


Gulls hacker-love and swopper-kosh the cliff face lash,

dip-flung round the headland, clinging to land’s safety,

seeming wary of the mist-drifting, smash-pounding sea.


Tides dance white horses rockwards, crash-battering

geological brutality – lull-sucking,

repeating, unable to breach land’s bastion.


Ocean’s lust: to roll eternal miles, sine form

wave—swells flex-pumping, pitching at infinity –

coast free, shoreless: endless, unrestricted progress.


Our land is stubborn, though, resisting erosive,

persistent land-lash, ignorant of tide’s intent

to inundate our fertile floodplains, our valleys.


Steadfast bedrock, looming metres, hundreds, even

thousands – above the chasm drowned beneath ice-age

melt water, lying sopping and saturated:


Doggerland – holding evidence of what went once

before, why the legends, why the common stories,

a shared oral tradition, now lost memories.


We sit bounded by mist-blurred horizons, able

to perceive shapes loom-lurking, wondering what lies

beyond, unseen, hoving at perception’s soft edge.


Knowledge cannot osmose across such a membrane,

impenetrable to science, to history,

frustrating our want, conducive to fathoming.

◄ My Place

Ever Since ►


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