Coral Reefs


The debris floats
on the ocean of time
and is collected by the rag pickers
of the universe
-the ones who bother to
swim and surf
through diamonds and dirt
noting what was thrown away
and what came up to the surface

Is it fate that
the shallow ones, made up of
noisy, hollow shells
never used by any soul
will suffocate the sea as an oil spill does
poisoning the fish
and ultimately
an age?

while words worth their weight
drown unread
consigned to the
bed of the dead
©Reena Prasad


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