[ Issue 7 / November 2013]

Primitive strata continue to exist,
decay with anxious struggle to scale
or rotten touchwood. Colonies evolve,
accumulate a spontaneous bulk
of perishing forms, free to establish
from root, soil, sporadic destruction.
Both transmogrify and fall in long
decline; a cast of stagnant sediment
fissured by scattered wealth, once
ceaseless force of exploitation.

Aaron Robertson is a writer and musician living in Hikurangi, New Zealand. His poetry has previously appeared in Poetry New Zealand, Snorkel, Snakeskin and 52|250. He blogs at wordwhittling.com