Losing Ground

Aly Stoneman

17 metres in 3 months:
It’s ironic really,
remarks the bartender
who lives in Eccles (the new Eccles).
The pub and church are Grade II listed,
but the sea can do what it likes.

Later, I pick my way between
derelict statics
a few feet above the beach,
and bald rectangles of sandy soil
with defunct electric hook-ups;
calendula, sea holly and poppies
where caravans were.

A woman walking her dog
stops to check me out
– people take things,
so she’s keeping an eye.
Sad, isn’t it –
the owner’s had to lock the gates,

but he’s seeding the site
with wild flowers.
This will be a rainbow
next spring.