Beached

by A.C. Bevan

The Dead Sea is shrinking at a rate of around
3 metres per year

It’s impossible to drown in
the Dead Sea now
though not on account of
the salt content,

where our sea-level’s rising due
to climate change,
there, it’s downsizing, &
whilst it’s claimed

water always finds the lowest
point first,
here at the lowest point
on earth, that’s

actually wide of the mark,
as irrigation,
drought & saline evaporation have
left a tidemark

& a fat man floating on
his back in a puddle,
big toe in the
plughole