Jerks of Beauty
As when a feather drops to water
And is welcomed
And of how the water, rippling,
In calm pleasure responds
Accepting objects, mildly swallowing,
Without too much fuss:
Up-turned battleships, aeroplanes, houses,
Drowned, castaway people.
But there's an island full of plastic
In a far-off eastern sea
Unsinkable condoms, wrappers, twine...
The ocean collates and guards it all
– Keepsake for us;
An artefact Sargasso through which ships
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