seen on beach (Oct 2010)

14 Nov

That long spine of a trunk I saw
last week, some 20 minutes walk north

is less a spine now, more a telegraph
pole waiting for its final polish

and the sea has done most of the work
stripping it to a shine and the sharp

gum is fresh when you peel back
one layer (easy as dead skin)

and that glue underneath, the resin
smelling – what ordinary man

bottles – sea breeze pine. And
the extra ordinary sand:

Exfoliation.

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