The living reef

The reef is a very ‘bandy’ place to be.
Fish sport a lot of vertical bands,
They flex as they turn.
Small shrimps glow with iridescent banded bling.
Crabs, corals, clams…
Lines changing shape with the breathing of the reef.

Then comes the mesmerising glittering frieze
As the tropical breeze
Sculpts the wavelets
Row after row of lenses,
Sweeping the banded reef with gyrating light.
Australian contemporary art Marcus Goater