Tide’s Reach by Frances Crossan Blanchard

Limestone slabs protrude from sea
and tilt to face the sun.
Without warning, salt laden rain
drives down at a mirrored angle.
Criss crossing cracks,
remnants of ancient games,
of Xs and Os lie underfoot.
These fertile grikes store memories and dreams.

Then life comes into focus in ochre, linen and green
periwinkle, lichen and carrageen.
Peripheral view halts
at clumps of tenacious Sea Pinks.
Armeria Maritima
This salt tolerant flowering plant steals the show.
Eyes pivot and spring arrives
at Tide’s Reach.

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