Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tilton Cuttings

 Jurassic Huddle

Three bivalve fossils
about 185 million years old
looking as if
just arrived from yesterday

found like litter droppings
at the cliff bottom
of a disused country
branch line cutting

bunched in mudstone silt
like a little nucleated
swallowed family

Poised now
between index and thumb
like a calcite question
on the long animal
and cynosure

of this hand