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Grand Banks

for Pam
by Ian Burr


We sit here high on Seven Souls Rock,
The tea tasting good
As we pass the flask around.
Look to the ocean ahead:
On the tides of the afternoon
There is nothing beyond
But the blue
of the Atlantic.

Weeks later a map unfolded
Shows me where you are,
Somewhere, in that blue beyond:
Past the Mid-Atlantic Ridge,
Flemish Cap, Newfoundland
Where you emailed from St John's,
Sable Island, thirty years,
Beyond the Grand Banks.