After WS Graham
Something beckons, suckered to the hull
that we must search the blinking shores for.
We are blindfolded, clad in light
but bracken turns boots black,
hunger drives us back to hearths.
We are so starved we cannot
Nights compress, drenched sand, salt frets.
We cling on, carve out the nothing,
feed in words, hear voices leagues away
deadened, caught in traps.
Can we dive to the depths, resist the lies
that float bladder-white,
truths spangling our naked sides?
The tide comes, fathers slewed hours,
leaves what it chooses. In the interior
an owl is snagged on trees, the moor calls
and we still wear the blindfolds.
We forget what we are looking for.
We fetch the notes from gales,
pin them round our hearth fires.