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A Greater Disease

August 22, 2013

A line of turquoise water to set the scene;

blue ripples and white splashes

on the pale yellow sand. An onshore

flows from the Andaman

pushing bottles, old nets, and styrofoam

onto this bruised patch of paradise.

Amongst the litter light beige crabs

shimmy at ridiculous speed

and beach plants and grasses

endure their foreign garments

like derelict tropical Christmas trees.

If only the decorations were taken down

but there was no celebration or holy day

and it is clear on the wind

that the refuse is only growing daily.

Beaten palms stand all around,

some decapitated to look like telephone poles

not so out of place amongst the foundations

of concrete bungalows incomplete.

Who knows if their dream lives longer

than tsunami nightmares?

Their abandonment suggests that no high season

will ever be high enough.

The beach takes this all in its way;

helpless and fed-up as the symptoms grow.

As cold sores form on its beautiful face and

the small signs mount

from a greater disease of the Earth.

 

AJG

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