Sea Defences

Can you hear them?

Through the rain

Distinct from rushing breakers

Un-natural metallic

Clanks, clanging, rattles, clunks

A pile-driver knocking in new posts

Mechanical digger scraping shingle

Down on the beach

As tides permit

To a generator’s constant beat

Under floodlights

Trying to stave off darkness

As well as the inexorable rise of the oceans.

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CLP  19/12/2018