The Mainland

Folk on the mainland
are tightytighty.
Folk on the mainland
walk a rope.

No listening on the mainland,
only talking.
To walk while you talk
and to talk while you type.

What use for the mainland?
Polystyrene and mattresses.
Bad juju on the mainland.
Bad eating. Bad faith.

What use for the ocean?
For swallowing questions.
Who when why what NO:
shh shh on the shingle.

Conundrum: how to slip
through the mainland’s fingers.
A few who have done this.
A few who have known.

What happens on leaving?
The end of the story.
The start of a new one:
wingbeats, wind.