North Sea Discovery: Gaynor Kane

North Sea Discovery: Gaynor Kane

Murky, cold, almost baltic. The divers’

submersible lights converge; x marking the spot.


An outline, a man becoming an island,

colonies of corals circled by wolf fish, red fish, ling.


Anchored at the feet on rubble of dead reef,

a sloping seabed in an iceberg ploughmark;


nutrient rich flesh and swelling undercurrent,

perfect for encouraging Lophelia Pertusa.


Living reef, growing, budding, flowering

on death warmed up by flame shells.


Orange gorgonians in orifices, horny skeleton finger

fan anemones, golden sponges on skull like hair buns.


The aquanauts wonder who he is, what he has been,

then realise it no longer matters;


he has created a universe – sunfish, stars, asteroids,

a big bang of pink and purple fireworks.




About the author

Gaynor Kane

Gaynor Kane lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mainly a writer of poetry, she has had work published in the Galway Review, Atrium Poetry, Light Journal and other online journals in the UK and America. In 2016, Gaynor was a finalist in the annual Funeral Services NI poetry competition.

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  • Coral | Sixteen Magazine

    […] Our featured poet for our final issue is Gaynor Kane with her poem North Sea Discovery, a sea voyage exploring the mind of a creator. You can read it here >> […]

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