Issue #8


Listing on the Astrolabe reef,
she pours oil into the Bay of Plenty.
Cracked and breaking up.

Her spilt fuel settles on beaches.
There are dead and dying fish.
A seal is coated in a slick.

Black-cauled penguins,
cormorants, petrels, fairy terns
preen oil, feed oil to chicks.

Helicopters buzz around her bulk.
On deck containers slide,
a fracturing Rubik's cube. 

Hazard drifts ashore:
primary colours bright
against the grey-green coast.

Jenny Donnison