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Seven ways to know the Sea

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In the sea

I am almost 

Water.

 

Outside the Hotel Window,

The halyards

Chink and clink

Against the masts,

Singing us to sleep.

 

In the morning 

The yachts are gone.

 

Here were Liburnians,

Illyrians, Greeks 

And Romans, 

Straining to move

Heavy wooden ships

And change the world.

 

The leaky life raft 

Made to hold 35 people

Holds 50.

4 are dead already.  

One is a child.

 

High Density Polyethylene,

Low Density Polyethylene,

Polypropylene,

PolyethyleneTerephthalate,

Styrene.

We have turned

The World’s Oceans

Into plastic soup.

 

At home,

A piece of 

Pale green sea glass.

Listens to a shell.  

Can you hear the dying?

 

The distant sound 

Of a fairground Organ.

The smell of fish and chips

 
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