Thirteen waves: iv

Cloud-capped Taranaki, driftwood in front. Photo Dave Young CC BY 2.0
Cloud-capped Taranaki, driftwood in the foreground. Photo Dave Young CC BY 2.0

iv.

Not many people understand that
driftwood
curled up high by the tide
is the weather-front,
a rendez-vous of sticks and sand,
the aged lovers holding hands
as tight as a whelk in a shell,
and the embryo of a dune.
Look, you don’t just slap up
a concrete wall and call it
real estate.

Poem and reading by Rachel McAlpine cc by 2.0, photo by Dave Young CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Dave Young’s note:

Strong winds blow the black sand along the beaches of coastal Taranaki and expose the broken driftwood deposits of storms long past. This driftwood serves as a foundation for the dunes.

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