This poem is taken from Stand 224, 17(4) December 2019 - February 2020.

Kim Roberts Three Poems
Oceanography
‘Floating debris has become a permanent feature of the world’s oceans…The remarkable staying power of many of these objects makes them ideal scientific instruments. Objects may drift about for decades and remain intact…[which] has proven especially valuable in studying the speed and trajectory of surface currents…’
                                            – from the NASA website

Café Bustelo’s red and yellow cans
on spendthrift, spindrift Florida are spent
where last week packs of Ramen Noodles went
as wastrel washout strewn across the sand.
The gyre of current: cargo flotsam lands,
bananas on the Dutch coast nether-bent
or Cornwall’s million Legos’ full extent
of seventeen years’ vortices, unplanned.
Vicissitude or mere viscosity?
All rotates. Circularity’s gestalt
becomes the oceanographer’s decree.
Container ships’ continued storm-tossed fault
means 80,000 Nikes dropped at sea,
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