January 17, 2007


If the sea rakes and scrapes it
long enough
it may crack

revealing beneath
its inscrutable surface
ammonite, frond, shell

residue of process
and what it seems to hold
balanced and weighed

and sent with a flick to skim
like a real stone
the surface of meaning

—Alan Baker
(A version of this poem was published in Poetry Nottingham and in the pamphlet 'Not Bondi Beach')

Posted by dwaber at January 17, 2007 01:14 PM