15 of all the world’s species of sea grass –
Genii Halophila, Halodula, Zostera, Cymodocea –
live in the Great Barrier Reef covering 15% of the total.
This still doesn’t make them loveable.
Nor this nervous shuffling man
dipping CC in salsa and sweating
while he tells us how the seagrass, mangroves and saltmarsh
are 30% more efficient at storing carbon
and the carbon they store is held
for 1000s of years.
The things that keep us alive are rarely visible
and when visible rarely beautiful.
Callie cutting open the fusilier to reveal
a still beating heart, red and viscous,
wobbling like a gob of phlegm just coughed up.