Moving on Water – a poem by Carolyn Oulton

Moving on Water

The wind coming down
is thrown into rock
by the sea’s fist
over and over.

This water is solid
to the touch,
wedge-shaped gulls
are rocking to its beat

and its veins run like a map
of the hand that
is always being punctured
and made whole again.


Carolyn Oulton‘s poetry has been published in magazines including Orbis, The Frogmore Papers, iota, Seventh Quarry, Ariadne’s Thread, Envoi, New Walk, Upstreet, Acumen and Ink, Sweat and Tears. Her most recent collection Accidental Fruit is published by Worple Press. Her website is at

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