Headland Ambit

Nica Franklin

There is this ness ledges
repleted where
unhandled margins
create the tarry
no limicole landfalls
on. Nor shorebirds.
The coast again tends
in: bottomwater
to mid-sea rocks
returns so swiftly—
rock here cannot
always be land.
Even now what were
called the facts
inshore are. Gorsed
heath launders
marshgrasses as
if inaction, not water
fitted for use, offered
the chance to inhabit.
How then a landing can 
be departed to: in
an incurve on
taller rock guano
only loiters in
water it greened.