A Day Out With Aoife

A Day Out with Aoife

 

Two ‘Seaside Special’ day returns

to ‘Kiss me Quick’ and candyfloss;

 

I was looking forward to the

“Pirate Cruise around the bay (no extra).”

 

A shuddering halt – somewhere

in the middle of nowhere –

unruly livestock blocked the line.

 

Aoife giggled, ‘Let’s explore.’

 

We walked an ancient track-way:

 

the lane, an overgrown 

cathedral of stunted trees

was empty. Silent. But for

stubborn cattle’s sullen

responses to footplate curses.

 

And a blackbird singing from a gnarly oak.

 

Aoife exulted, ‘we could be in Sligo’ 

before ducking through the wayside

soft-jungle hedgerow to tail

a butterfly’s dancing zephyr trail.

 

I followed her fluting laugh

filtering through the undergrowth.

 

Every step pressed virgin grass as

we clambered upward hand-in-hand past

hawthorn and gorse bush tangle alike

before, breathless, bathing

in sudden blazing cliff top sunlight. 

 

On the horizon - a galleon.

 

Across the bay a skimming

speedboat scored the waves.

 

Aoife broke silence, singing,   

‘My Heart is in the Highlands.’

 

I thought back to how

my heart was planted,

half a life ago,

in Aberfeldy

but then uprooted

when J---- preferred a

better man than me.

 

Aoife reached across

placing cooling lips

on my sunburned cheek.

 

I wiped a ‘wedding’ 

tear and squeezed her hand.

 

‘This is a wonder - we’ll come here often...

watching our footmarks becoming a path.’

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Comments

poemagraphic

Wed 2nd Jan 2019 11:22

I just had another read Rick

I am so glad I am me!

I just wallowed in this poem of yours mate and think I might stay on a bit.

Po

Have a great new year mate

Rick

Tue 1st Jan 2019 11:36

Thanks, Po - ignore what 'real poets' do - just be yourself 😃Rick.

poemagraphic

Mon 31st Dec 2018 13:52

Rick this is wonderful.

needs to read and read again

Great

I can't comment on the style, and stuff like real poets can, but I know what I like... it is this

Po

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