Antarctica - Christopher Michel
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Driftwood, seawrack.
The tide lays her unreadable icons
where the beach shelves.

There are other carvings:
bleached whale vertebrae,
a seabird’s rumpled ruin;

and among marram dunes
yoked to this scrubby beach,
sea purples bloom.

Once a smokestack rose up on the bay
and a whaler’s shed
where the bluff ends.

Now only wind roars
over the seaward mountains;
seaspray mists an obscure coast.

Whale Coast
Robert James Berry

Driftwood, seawrack.
The tide lays her unreadable icons
where the beach shelves.

There are other carvings:
bleached whale vertebrae,
a seabird’s rumpled ruin;

and among marram dunes
yoked to this scrubby beach,
sea purples bloom.

Once a smokestack rose up on the bay
and a whaler’s shed
where the bluff ends.

Now only wind roars
over the seaward mountains;
seaspray mists an obscure coast.

Whale Coast
Robert James Berry

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