The Dive

Photograph – Copyright Dan Wesker 2010

The Dive

The gulls stuck to the sky are torn
tissue paper, the sea’s foam a loose

white thread. The memory rises from
the waves, a mermaid wanting legs,

sharp to her as daggers. You ran in to
the surf laughing; your child-skin immune

to its cold slap. Now all that’s left is
a dent in the water, a bubble of air.


Poem – Copyright Naomi Woddis 2010

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