Investigating the life of things across space and time

Hest Bank

Where there are invisible islands
coins, plates and bicycles wash up
In the distance my father
raises a hand to his fishing cap
A group of cockle-pickers waves,
wading through water.
I shout into the wind.
Siren wails fill the bay as
the bore tide gallops in
My father points out a heron,
swallows flying overhead.
The sand wobbles underfoot and

I raise a fish to my father as
a siren wearing a cap
gallops past on a bicycle,
A bored heron
with coins for eyes
hands over flies on a plate.
Islands become water,
waves bring the tidings in
Wind shouts into me.
A whale swallows the bay,
cockles fill a distant point
and a pickled head rolls along the sand.

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