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‘It is no hero, no ideal, just the industrially reproduced body

of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe.’ Anthony Gormley


They are still standing and their slow carapace

of barnacles breathes. Small pools of eaten

razor clams and star fish lie at their feet – fry

dart amongst seaweed fronds and the dead.

An off shore breeze brings the calls of distant

sea birds close. The RNLI flag stiffens

and plastic kites, on the slight headland, swoop –

but the cumulus clouds and the con trails,

across the Atlantic, are almost still.

Wind turbines proliferate on Burbo Bank

and, beyond, along the North Wales coast.

Over the horizon, the world awaits

high tide. Meanwhile, on tricky sands, we move

with care among these icons of cast-iron

steadfastness and promise.



Note: The poem was first published on the site in July 2017.




© Copyright David Selzer
2 Responses
  • John Huddart
    March 29, 2018

    Let’s go with Gormley – his figures inspire us all – as you this poem

    • David Selzer
      March 29, 2018

      The poem was inspired by the visit you, Sylvia and I made some summers ago. You both took some pics I recall.

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