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Mass Mortality of the Heart Urchin

The sea-potato, Echinocardium Cordatum, inhabits the sea-bed

lives up to twenty years in a permanent burrow,

ambulacra crammed beneath hard-packed sand in pentamerous symmetry.

Mass mortality of the Heart Urchin is twofold and of the seasons.

First, a winter storm disturbs the deep; chokes those burrows with sand,

Smothering the hearts with chaos, pressure too great to bear.

Then the husks, spewed up onto the strand,

Picked over by undiscriminating gulls; Dilber and Stretch on a future Christmas morning.

Or picture a summer, if you prefer your tragedies unusually hot,

The sun’s over-attention spreads a blanket of decaying plankton over that sea-bed,

Deoxygenating the water as it settles down to rest.

Poor, unfortunate hearts, forced up, up in search of breathing space,

Suffocated for want of air,

They and their stellate potato-babies, thrown in their thousands onto a harsh white beach,

So that you may chance upon them

As you gasp in surprise

As the desert-hot sand burns the soles of your feet through cheap holiday shoes

Or as you lie, buried to the neck with your music box and gun,

Praying to a clearblue sky for the deliverance of cloud.

‘Fractured – poems of love and desire’ now available on Kindle!

Marnie Doble’s first collection of poetry is now available to purchase on Kindle.

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Heroine of Dunkirk

You may recall

When the old century was young

And life was filled with simple joys,

Small children waving from the marshes

As I paddled the careless holiday crowds

To Margate, Chatham and Strood


Streamers hanging gaily from my masthead

White water churning at my bow

The old King, standing, proudly watching,

Acknowledged the river’s sovereignty

And named me Medway Queen.


I carried those marsh babies when bombs fell,

Far from home to Anglian fens

Holding them safe in uncertain times

I calmed their fears

Lullabying their sleep

With heartbeat’s steady thrum.


Then seven thousand souls I saved

Plucked from the roiling waters of Dunkirk

Rescued from confusion and the chaos

Of a nightmare world

And brought them safely home.

Of all those little ships that made

That perilous journey back and forth

I earned the right to call myself

The Heroine of Dunkirk


And as this century grows old

When waves run high or you are far from home

I’ll keep you safe with lullabies and love

And hold you till the nightmares are all gone.


I will be your Medway Queen

Your sunny day, your safe return,

Your constant friend, and till time’s end

Your Heroine of Dunkirk.