[36] Irretrievable, Laura Manuelidis

Hidden within the dying coral reefs
The vanishing swarm of ideas
May yet survive as shadows

Swimming through their bleached lacunae.
No dreaming fish sway here:
Their currents of pleasure fouled.

Everything of our small Earth today
Records a synchronous decay,
A zero of the thick green kelp
Where once Cetacea milked and played.

Now Earth suspends in negative time
As a sailor lost
Without his ancient syllabus
of uncorrected stars.

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