"Sea Limbs"  Copyright 2000 Dancing Bear


the sand is decorated
with these limp streamers

like dull tinsel discarded
from some damp festival

or the ocean's cast-off clothing
a jumble of secondhand fashion:

the revealing rubber straps
of a lime-green bikini

a dirty brown hula-skirt
sticky with sand and slime

a feather-fringed scarf
a brooch of glistening jelly

the matted wig of a sea witch
a mermaid's leather undergarments

but I am after something simple, something cool;
dress myself in the crisp, clean fabric of a wave

Copyright 2000  Graham Catt
All Rights Reserved

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