Cape of Good Hope

“The Cape gannet, or malagash, is also known as ‘velvet sleeves’.”

Wheeling round the Cape in squadrons,
malagash swoop and dive
and dart at shoals of fodder fish
five hundred feet below,
— slick as velvet —
then launch again,
past anxious mariners
peering into sextants,
calculating the good
and the hope.


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