Poem of the week: Lapstrake by Ross Cogan

A hymn to the unassuming skill that brings humanity into graceful sync with nature may be a lesson learned too late


Here you can walk across mudstone and mud
flat, through sedge into a river grown
fat as now, forgetting the tithe of land
taxed from its banks, it ponders borders with
the fierce sea and braids itself to brown
dreadlocks of estuary. Shadowed beneath

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