A cow fell into the Irish sea

My Pay It Forward pick for this week is by UK poet Lois Linkens. I can almost hear the fiddles in the background. . .

lois e. linkens

A cow fell into the Irish Sea between two rocks
Along the cliff from the Causeway.
The others kept their snouts in the wet grass and the splash was buried
Under folds of air and spray.
The day was early, a blue sunrise yawned across the slate sea
And the tall grasses swayed.
Black crows and loud white gulls screamed but the cow was gone,
A fizz of spray under green waves,
Gulls bombed for fish,
The dim whale shape moved in the deep like a rain cloud.

A cow fell into the Irish Sea between two rocks
And I found the cow was me.
My sweet love, and you are the green sea,
All this happened ‘mid that fog of life and my world is new and frightening.
The sea was not made for cows, but there is something ‘tween us
That bubbles in red lungs,
That pounds the…

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