The ongoing works of Algernon Lear
(Really Craig Hallam)
Upon arrival in Hopeless
A veil of mist covers the screaming shore,
smoke pouring into a drowning maw.
A sea of green glass
laced with antique foam
rattles the bones of the beach.
The sea tastes the shore and the beach bites back,
splintering hulls and breaking backs.
Hopeless’ dark beauty
looms like a threat,
and a dream sweat prickles the skin.
Crawling from the surf to clandestine shore,
paying forth the brine from our lungs,
the island gifts rotten breath,
we arrive in debt
to a ledger writ in abyssal hand.