‘The Mussel Speaks’ by Christian Ward

Though our shells

are the perfect shade of grief,

one taste of the meat

confettied with herbs 

and doused in white wine

is enough to make

even grey clouds politely bow

and head away. Yes,

naysayers will say it looks

like a wad of chewed gum,

but these are the sea’s ear bones.

Listen to its secrets,

how they can dissolve you

among the currents 

and rebirth you as a basking shark

or the humblest of anemones 

disguised as stars.


Meet the Poet!

Christian Ward is a UK-based writer whom has recently appeared in Open Minds Quarterly, Obsessed with Pipework, Primeval Monster, Clade Song, Uppagus and BlueHouse Journal.