Tide pushes these crusted histories.
Tendrilled, tangled, nylon scraps
red rings, blue bottles.
Survived by the crashing of frothed water
on sheets of shale.
If eternity is found through memory
then all those beasts crushed by time
will find immortality,
in the rot we have consumed.
This poem was selected as an honorable mention in our 2023 Seasick Competition. Go here to see the other winners: https://thetiderises.org/seasick
Ellen Harrold is an artist and writer focused on science and nature. Her work focuses on how science is understood through the lens of art and storytelling. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Art, Science, and Visual thinking at Dundee University and working as an artist, writer, and editor-in-chief of Metachrosis Literary.