Gulls on the pitch sound faint through the night at five.
Lights are wasted on streets forsaken even by foxes.
Hooked beaks inspire each other’s desolate, distant mewing
Over the somewhat more diminished drone of one lone juggernaut
Orbiting the 406 as pallor tries to streak the curtains
No one wants to pull apart on a day of, yes, yet more delay.
We lie twisted in suspense, caught in some perpetual hour
Before dawn – our fate, it seems; whereas it’s always sunrise
For the Japanese. Gulls on the pitch mean evil on the sea.
The channel’s chopped up savagely: it’s widening with each tide;
Europe’s drifting further and further, further and further
Away. The inland gulls crying why, why do we stay?
Icebergs break off; causing congestion on the North Sea.
Disassociated homes get walled against theft from a neighbour.
The battered gulls perch on our walls, watched carefully
By patient foxes. As for that Japanese sunrise, it doesn’t appear.
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