David Adès

The Times We Live In

The picked clean ribcage
of an old shipwreck

lies on the beach as remnant,

no less than the skeleton
of all our certainties,

exposed now as myths,

and this endless grief,
not for all things lost

but for all things believed in

that were nothing more
than wind whistling through.

David Adès is an Australian poet whose most recent book Afloat in Light is available through UWA Publishing at https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/afloat-in-light.