Thursday, July 15, 2010


by Gideon Burton

More often I would whisper brittle songs
against the water-whittled granite rocks
refusing years of swelling tides, the wrongs
of salt and winter’s every clutching shock.
And whether any errant gull observed
I cannot rightly say. At least the sky
permitted more than any flesh deserved,
however many scabbing questions why,
or casualties I levied in the flow
of apprehension. All the ocean knew
how many gullets cramming with the blows
of pebbled time a mind can yet construe.
Despite all habit: song or feeble prayer,
the atmosphere remains remote and rare.

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