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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