The Gift

Bearing its gift, the wave comes riding
the iron horse of the sea.  It has travelled many miles
to deliver this tightly-rolled secret,

which only now – on the lip of the shore –
it reveals – as it heaves into view
a wall-high testimony –

a map made of foam –

but before you can fathom its meaning, the wave
has swallowed it whole

and collapsed
in glassy
fragments                                                                                                                                                                       on the     sand.

 

Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years.  He has won prizes and had poems published in magazines and anthologies.  His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer: http://www.overstepsbooks.com/cat/the-shell-gatherer/ .  His main interests are poetry, music and walking.