Letterfrack

Letterfrack

2048 1536 Davina Allison

They hid you in stone,

my darlings, they hid you
where the rooks wheeze
in the late chill, their bluish seams
of song falling over your small
clips of bone like water,
the white-beamed windows
look on – witness to the rip
of the Iron gate rattling seeds,
rust, remnants of wildflower
into your mouths, into your
loamy graves where cold fingers
reach for you through the grey pinch
of shale and grime. There were no poets
to lament you, my darlings,
when they tethered your shoeless
feet in seaman’s knots and
lay you down for your long wintering
under silvered fissures of frost,
rye grass, where only the still-birds remember
the stabbing, pitiless hack of shovels,
binding you slowly to snow.


 

Davina Allison

Davina Allison's poems have been published in numerous literary and online journals in Australia, America, and the UK, including The Australian Poetry Journal, Poetry Scotland, The Lampeter Review, ABC Religion & Ethics, And Other Poems, Eureka Street, Ruminate, Dappled Things, Eremos, Faith and Theology, and The Glasgow Review Of Books. Her poem "Mary In The Desert" was shortlisted for the 2012 Janet McCabe poetry prize.

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