Seaside in Winter

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse08 Jan 2015

Terraces emerge
in exposed rocks,
furrows cut parallel
into chalk.

The turn, the flood;
waves crash
on sea wall
rebounding, retreating,

colliding into
haphazard patterns
too complex
to understand.

The seagulls
sit on rooftops,
snipers waiting
for a clear shot.