Spring 2004 • Vol. XXVI No. 2 Poetry |

Start of March, Connemara

After Bishop The wind colder even than March in Maine, though the same sea Is your greens of muttonfat jade and bleached artichoke, The water thumbed and wind-scumbled, its heroic white manes Blown to bits at the shoreline. Two white gulls, wing-tilted, Are surfing the sou'wester. (How do they do it, finding the right Angle in the gale and—angels of the shiverblast—adapting to it, Letting it take them the way they were going?) A lone cormorant Blackly flashes, heading west like a messenger. Hewing close To choppy wave-peaks, he's all purpose and intensity, plunging Headlong into his own unknown future. He reaches out to it Without a thought, while I have to go back now the way I came Along wet sand that's glistening as if with relief, my own footsteps Already washed away without a trace. Rock and water have to be Our elements here, and today the buffeting air—which these plovers Pay no mind to, a little tribe rising as one, spinning into wind and Whistling t

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Eamon Grennan has published numerous volumes of poetry including There Now (2016); Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010); Matter of Fact (2008); Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998); and others.

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