On Flimsy Ground

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 Feb 2018

The coral-filtered rock
Cooked slow in warm waters
Lapping on shores unknown
To the questing snouts of mammals.

Its twisted contortions
Of precipice and crag still
Push relentlessly upwards
From that vanished sea floor,

Slashing the thin air
With razored edges,
And tearing the sky
With a dinosaur’s jaw.

Süd Tirol, February 2018