I sunlight over water,
wink like herring-back,
mesh like kelp, and jellyfish
with each sigh of tide.
Algae sheens me; seek its scent
on bottletops and lighters – Open wide…
Ease me into the trusting gulp
of your young. Watch one fail
to sick balloon-string from his throat
and feed him further. Watch
not understanding why, dot-to-dot
they clog to a stop.
I slick from the stomach
crumple of whale, a foetal
scrag of albatross: artificial red
blue green of polythene.
Twist in that line, that bag, that net.
Feel my six-pack grip around your neck.
You cannot stop my skin-shed,
cannot see me plague the chain
and chemical the flesh. You cannot see
you pour me daily from your taps and drink.
Drink me. Eat me. Breathe me and soon