Lyme Regis

Its hunger insatiable, the tide

gnaws at the Jurassic undercliff

with the patience of a life force

without limit or expiration.

 

Seawater spoons grains of earth

soft as sugar, reveals coiled

ammonites buried when

memory was planetary.

 

The precipice edges back.

Homes surrender gardens;

dead ends of streets recoil

as wire barriers shift inland.

 

Black bones exposed by leaf-fall

engrave a zinc plate of sky

as roots scrabble to grip friable

earth as it slowly cascades

 

to be ingested by a sea rising

from indifference or neglect.

 

 

 

 

 

David Olsen
Illustration Rupert Loydell

 


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