Birthing Beach

 
 
Seal sweptxxx I come closerxxx to be among crescents
want to be commaxx to be paisley planted againstxx to be
of the pattern but
obey the Stay Back signsxx As tides slick
those bodiesx I want to be among
the youngxxx A mother never stops arcingxxx
her body half-pond they come to
 

A cow bellowsxxx black gushxxx the pup
clamps her heftxxx no shake-off xxxno peel-back
Whiskered snout barnacled to rockxxx sides designed with scars
she has spent centuries swelling
her thick hips
 

An orphan tries to latchxxx Mother after mother
slaps her off
 

I am left
with green wind
xxxxxxand the seals moaning