Bull Island Sanctuary, Dollymount Strand, Dublin.
Summer days she’d set out with four of us on the bus –
bag laden with cosies, sandwiches and spare clothes.
Infinite blues; sea and sky merging, no frontiers.
Bird beat, waders, oystercatchers, zen-like herons.
We stood on one leg until we fell. Splashed about,
ate our sand filled lunch as mother’s nose twitched.
Later, we trudged home across the long bridge
trailing damp wool togs and towels. Back to order.
My heart’s in those grainy dunes,
keening sea birds summon me home.
Rona Fitzgerald has poems in UK, Scottish, Irish and US publications.
Highlights include featured poet in the Stinging Fly 2011, Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry 2016, Oxford Poetry XVI.iii Winter 2016-17, Poems for Grenfell Tower, Onslaught Press 2018 and #Me Too, Fair Acre Press, 2018, featured poet in the Blue Nib issue 39 September 2019.