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26th December  2004


A new word,
savoured on the tongue
like sushi,

sweeps in, swamping languages
with all the inevitable
bitterness of brine.

At such apocalypse
the earth quakes and
the sea coughs up its dead,

choked on the horror of a force
not seen or understood.
Such indescribable malignity and might

requires a strange new
foreign word to bear
its drowning weight.