SALT-BLOOD (Mk.II)

by Robin Boothroyd

So here’s an expanded version of ‘Salt-Blood‘ from ‘Fathom’, and an image to help set the scene. Hopefully you’ll be able to make out his silhouette against the looming clouds.

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‘Salt-Blood (Mk.II)’

Atop
a barnacle-encrusted
lamppost-like pole
twenty yards out

where
a hidden pipe spews
I know not what
into the precious sea

on
what looks like
an upturned waste
paper basket

a
solitary
cormorant
roosts.

Earlier
a fish was trapped
in his dinosaur-beak –

O how it writhed
half-swallowed

swimming in air

before it slid
into the saltcellar
of his stomach.

Later he might
walk the land
ride the air

or dive in

and swim around
the sound world
of the sea.

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