"Currach"


I haven't moved from my chair

yet I feel washed-up on a far shore


as if the boat I was in

came apart in the tide

out from under me.


I looked for a keel, a rudder, a mast, a boom,

but perhaps it was a currach or a coracle


and the graceful swoop and flat of it

was taken into the depths.


The depths ---

where all my treasures went.


The depths ---

where any stowaways went too.


Somehow, this windswept 'I'

washed up on an island


and that is a bit like being pulled

into a dream, a song, a trance.


Just ask Brendan or Maelduin.

image: Gonz DDL

currach: an ancient boat design used in Ireland and Scotland

coracle: an ancient boat design used in Wales