Ralph Hancock with this issue’s poem. This poem appears in the Web magazine Living Poets , Volume 1, Number VII, April 1996. It is reprinted by permission of the editor.
four violet rings in jelly,
one olympic ring short,
four holes in a Celtic cross,
ring traps in a lobster pot,
food in, stays in,
opaque cloud of browns,
long tentacles of tissue paper streamers,
lung preserved in brine.
Barnacles mark high water
rusting two halves of a diamond
at the end of the quayside aquarium,
jellyfish pulse frilly by
pink image of olympian sex
and domestic sewage, choking smog,
creeping up the coast - oh yes,
creeping up the coast.