Covetous

After Eamon Grennan’s “Start of March, Connemara”

You ask how the gulls find the right angle in the gale,
how they adapt to the current and let it take them

Advertisement

the way they were going. I could ask the same of you:
how do you find thumbed and wind-scumbled,

thrusting them together like lost lovers,
letting them glance off each other, polished stones

on our tongues? Or glitterwings making their mark,
a dance linguists call the fricative,

a word I love because it is what it means,
unlike palindrome, which resists mirroring itself

and sends me, instead, to a girl I knew in college,
the one from Glenelg — g-l-e-n-e-l-g, the same

forward and back. She had hips that looked good
in boy jeans and a way of making the professor

believe she’d done the reading when she hadn’t
even bought the book. Do you see what just happened,

how I started in your lyrical world of shorelines
and wave-peaks and wound up recording

slumber party giggles through a thin wall? Your gulls:
maybe they don’t harness wind after all.

Maybe they give in to each gust and forsake their plans,
having learned long ago to want what they have.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

U.N. peacekeepers on a joint patrol with members of the reconstituted Central African Armed Forces in Bangassou, Central African Republic, in August. (UN Photo/Herve Serefio)
More than 40 people were massacred on Nov. 15 during a guerrilla attack on the Cathedral of Alindao and an adjoining compound.
Kevin ClarkeNovember 17, 2018
The film cuts through that numbness, painting a mural of human emotion where media portrayals of violence offer only a drop of splattered paint.
Emma Winters November 16, 2018
Elaine May and Lucas Hedges in ‘The Waverly Gallery’ (photo: Brigitte Lacombe)
Two seasoned actors explore meaning and mortality in ‘The Waverly Gallery’ and ‘Thom Pain (based on nothing).’
Rob Weinert-KendtNovember 16, 2018
"So many ordinary people are suffering,” said Father Cedric Prakash, S.J. He has spent the last three years working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 16, 2018