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Deep in a volcanic sea cave
crimson crabs hang from the ceiling
scuttle along walls, clattering  pincers
gather in their hundreds
in affront
as our boat noses in,
engine stilled.

We have raced across open ocean
slamming over waves
to be claustrophobically  enclosed
looked down upon by crustaceans
never before have I felt
such an visitor to my own planet
insignificant in the face of the whale and the dolphin
and now these outraged crabs.

Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

Linked to the Earthweal Challenge “The Animal Gaze” :

earthweal weekly challenge: THE ANIMAL GAZE

Creswell horse

Creswell horse

Carved with swift strokes into the bone
A horse strides forward into the future
Stiff mane, stocky legs, soft horsey lips
She is graceful and fast


Let the artist have been enamoured of the horse
Let that captured grace have been of a companion
Or a fleeting dream
Let the archaeologists  be wrong


Let this horse not be  prey to eat
But a  potential partner, a dream of movement
A goddess of speed and of strength
Captured by a lover


Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

The Creswell Horse  was  found in a cave at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire in the 19th century. It has been dated at  12,500 years old, and was carved carved on bone during a warm period in the last Ice Age, when wandering hunters roamed  across the European plains. I have always loved it just as a beautiful carving and work of art.