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Sport 43: 2015

Giant Gulps

Giant Gulps

In earlier times, all islands wandered about and had no foundations.

—quoted in ‘A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities’

How diminished
the old gods appear.

But for the crowns
their figures now

submerged, not
utterly forgotten.

Some, naturally,
still steam. This ferry

steers clear of them
and that drowning

sensation in our beds
whenever they

come up for air.
It’s an uncommonly

clear head we crave—
one now at ease in

the underworld. Once
flush with laurel

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and myrtle, a crown smoothed
by eons of brooding.

Wrinkled only by that
Bronze Age road

still meandering
above the harbour.