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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Jellyfish by Leonard Ng

By the breakwater I watched: a pulsing dome
like a beating heart or a bird’s steady wings,
barely visible in the lazy brown eddies
of the current and tide.

Then lying on the sand, a heap of gelatin
clear as the back of a wristwatch
revealing its precise machinery,
ticking away
the final fleeting seconds of its life.

Rolling now and again in the foam, sand-choked.
Marooned on the drying shore,
cast up without malice by the waves
with all the care given to shells or sailors.
Rocking like an infant in the surf.

The birds will not eat it
and the crabs will not come.
Only the sea will rise
to take the body back again
with the next tide,
without any pomp or solemn procession,
back again
into the waters once its home.

From: https://kitaab.org/2015/12/28/three-poems-by-leonard-ng/

Date: 2015

By: Leonard Ng (1979- )

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