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Eva Wallace

Strathearn School, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Swimming in Loch Súilí (The Lake of Shadows)

i

A thousand
years running
through my fingertips.
In every drop I stroke:
Shipwrecked ghosts and a sky of salty stars.
A hundred tales creep down my throat.
In every drop I swallow:
Nereids, Leviathans
and the music
of Triton’s
horn.

ii

Neptune’s
bitter tongue slurs
across the Devil’s Backbone.
I can remember when I first spat him out.
In every drop I see: the foam of his Moon-Mother’s
milk and the golden shafts of his Sun-Father.
I cannot stretch his tides or calm
his storms as they do. I see:
myself, a stone
dragged to the
ocean
floor.

iii

Once more
I have stayed
too long, he has
carved valleys into my skin
and beaten away my
bones with each
mariner’s
kiss.

© Eva Wallace, 2013

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  • Date February 2, 2015
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