Summary: 
This is a poem I'm submitting for the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Competition. The link to the artwork I'm responding to is in a PDF here: http://www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/Things_to_do/Arts_and_culture/Awards_and_Prizes/2014_Ekphrasis_Poetry_Award

In response to “Imagine Becoming the Sea” by Chris Marks

 

Shore recedes, we shiver

Words stir and crash like waves in our wake

Stretching tubes, interrupted cycles, swirling

Ink sluices off a tablecloth

Froth on black coffee,

Whitecaps skim fathoms of substance

We swim in a sightless morass

Swallow, rasp, lolling tongue

Salty spray, slip away

Rusty teaspoon stirs your shame

A narrow gulf, but all the same

I shudder.