On Parchment

To say the ocean


Misses something

Implies a central


Origin for

The autonomous

Reflective movement –

Desert land


Arid releasing

Wet into air

Surreptitious, days

From ocean yet there

Invisible agencies

Drifting dust to slake –

Time wants water and friends and heroes

Space wants water and lovers and death

Mercantile man strings rope round the planet

Tethered to tracks where the stars’ shadows trod.