A to Z Challenge – O is for On the Rocks

April 17, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Australia, Nature | 3 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

Another of my poems for the A-Z April Challenge.

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On the Rocks

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There are scribble patterns

on the small rock pool’s sandy bottom,

where clear water is warmed by a winter sun.

Slow-moving shellfish, like half-marbles

in black or white or zebra-striped,

with their confused nutrient wanderings,

have woven lines that twist and tangle

and seem to go nowhere.

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Plankton, barely seen by human eye,

swim and creep and crawl, on guard

against darting minnows –

the big fish in this miniature pond.

Tiny crabs dart beneath rock overhangs,

knowing that death lurks

in every movement from above.

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Soon, the tide will turn, battering

the almost-still life into wakefulness;

fresh, cold waters flushing out the old

and bringing in the new –

oxygen, nourishment,

more inhabitants to scribble in the sand.

And so it will continue,

tangled patterns of life renewed

tide after tide, as it has been forever.

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(c)   Linda Visman

On the rocks at Shellharbour.

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