I don't know how long these flood gates
have been working to control
intertidal Faversham creek
in the United Kingdom.
But Faversham Creek has been serving
King and Country since the 1400's
when flat boats under sail
transported gunpowder down the creek
to the Royal Fleet.
The latest gossip in Faversham
suggests that the Chinese are interested
in the fine clay silt of the creek
to make dinner ware.
Gossip, like the tides, comes and goes