[Read once forward, once backwards, quite fast.]

slipped on
each breaks
final adverb
can we differ
almost Sappho
did she leap
a roar apiece
each a span
no attention
pearls & condoms
say shuddering
bottom sand
nerves to ply
shock to manage
no ‘others’
no ‘cost’
quit dreaming
drive for shore
don’t go loose
I meant terms
no terms
softly lift
tone murderous
manic friend
ungraspable
who could
(‘cried Gilbert…’)
swim you
pale sky
(‘… beautifully…’)
ever on, ever on