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What is a lightship
when its light’s switched off?

You raise a hand braised in salt
you raise a hand to a rung

Bones fathoms deep
in your limbs and trunk

are soaked in seawater,
are sending shivers up, but still

you grip and pull you haul
yourself over the brim

and are beached. You breathe.
An iron island in this night.
lightship