A Matter of Time

it is only a matter of time
given one high tide

and the land will shake loose
clearing out the silt’s century

and at low tide there will be
old adzes and saws of lost men

who turned up regular and built
ships for trading from this bay

it has all gone, but will come back
in old log books, accounts of companies

in the sun’s memory of slips
shouts and ropes licking the wind.

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