Sites by the Ocean

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There is a place by the ocean,
a burial site for flesh and steel
where mast meets cross
and mermaid bowsprit conspires
with moss-choked stone angel.

The insects falter in their
primordial dance,
missteps of appendages
and antennae.
They nibble on salt-corroded metal
and nestle in rot-sweet chest cavities.

And there, below the ground,
paying the baffled insects no mind,
the ship and human bones
waltz on.


Image of Rendez-Vous, October 2019 issue

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Med Sniper · ago
J admire votre sens du détails dans ce laps de temps , où vous avez pu contempler cette tragédie .
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Frédéric Bernard · ago
This is my first reading in English on Short edition! Bravo, it's a beautiful poem!
(A reader and writer from France)

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Keith Simmonds · ago
Great imagery for this instructive and archaeological poem, Avra !
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Kristy Roser Nuttall · ago
Great poem! I have a friend who is an archaelogist who does underwater exploration and excavation of sunken ships--I think he would agree that your imagery and writing really immerse the reader in a fascinating world.

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