Thanks to Colin Will for publishing my poem Desecration on Poetry Scotland’s Open Mouse website earlier this year. I took the following photograph while doing a Beached Bird survey for the RSPB.
over the wintry shore.
Worm casts punctuate sentences
along lines of sea- sculpted texts.
higher reaches, shining pebbles
polished smooth by years of tumbling,
glisten with salty gel alongside sea glass.
these gems of blue, green, brown,
that lie waiting to be gathered;
our treasure amongst detritus.
ubiquitous plastic used by man then
washed up on every shore. Those
bright colours belying a deadly outcome.