Metallic Reefs

By Sam Illingworth

Swaying steadily in

kaleidoscopic fields,

spectral fans reflect

the turquoise light;

their mottled aura

straining spectra as

warming oceans

bleach branches and

lighten latticework.

Parasitic hues scar the surface,

lacerating living skeletons

with vibrant, polished purples;

their corrupting shadows

smeared across the ferns,

as copper-coloured paint

leaches from beneath a bow.

Artificial colours

permeate the seascape,

their irregular vitality

piercing faded defences;

saturating oceans,

that rise without restraint.

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