Stephen Robertson

Slanting Lines

East Hills

Hills?  Well, dunes

maybe two or three metres above

mean sea level.

And where’s that, when it’s at home?

It’s a level that the tide rushes past

on its way up and again

on its way down.

It’s a level measured

a century ago and

three hundred and forty miles

to the south-west:

marked by a bolt embedded in

the Newlyn harbour wall.

One day, a storm will

simply erase them.

Four years ago a storm demolished

the dunes on the beach across the creek

and had a go at East Hills.

A once in a century storm,

that was thought to be.

So perhaps they will

outlive us.