Knut den store

The beach runs wild tonight

Its shapes shift

Each pounding roller

Despatches showers of stones


Groynes creak and splinter

Beneath an onslaught

Of breakers, decapitated by wind

Who march blindly on


Not even kings can halt

Their charge


At a short distance

Through the half-open window

To the deceptive steady swish of shingle

Sleep prevails despite the turmoil.


N.B. Knut den store (Cnut / Canute the Great) once king of Denmark, Norway and England.

CLP 09/11/2018