A whole sea between us-
You said we could meet half-way, if we swam.
You said we could, it is only a sea-
They grew up watching the salt scattering flight of gulls,
the horizon and the chaos of waves. By day, they waited for ships.
Every night, when the world fell asleep,
He was saved, mine,
the moment sandmud
touched his palm.
I fed my voice to the seagulls.
Watched them snap at my lips
with their polished yellow beaks,
squabble and tear and devour
I look at the horizon for a trillion, trillion years.
It will happen, perhaps, and I will be a witness. The earth will miraculously
cure itself. Water will turn into ice. Mesmerised, I will watch the white sculptures,
remember the Arctic and its magnificence, and shiver on the shore. The sun will play