Lament of the Love Struck Irish Fisherman

by Grainne Quinlan

Merrow, lady of sea and of land I
sit and watch you in secret 
and as seawater splashes upon the West of Ireland rocks
I lick the splashes from my arms dizzy with your taste. 

A lonely mackerel flaps on the shore 
Gasping for life like I gasp for you  

Merrow, they tell me stay away
Warn me you will swallow my light,
cover me in strings of sea weed-
blacker than darkness.  Yet I long to
pirate your soul. 

You torment me, Merrow. Why come to me each day? 
Show me your face. 
There is              space              for us. 

A                        place only waves know. that lashes
forward in foam – green blue grey             gone. 

Merrow, sing to me and only me. 
I will wait for you  by The Flaggy Shore and watch you come in, my
hand outstretched for your webbed one  hoping you might choose 
me. My promises mapped in the sand. 

And as clouds fall upon us, you might accept my hand, where 
we will dissolve into the damp Easter air, to kneel with
love where legs mean nothing and the sea will whisper our
story to the soil and the rocks and the gulls for generations to come.

© Copyright Grainne Quinlan

Grainne Quinlan is a poet and writer originally from Dublin in Ireland. Much of Grainne’s work is inspired by nature and the landscape of The Burren in the west of Ireland, where she now lives. Poetic form is something Grainne is especially interested in, and she has taken much influence from the poetry of Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Grainne has an MA in Creative Writing and English from the University of Limerick where she also works as a student tutor.


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