poetry pf header

 

 
home>poets>Gabriel Griffin

Gabriel Griffin     about Gabriel      more poems

this poet is taking part in the poetry pRO project

this poet is taking part in the poetry tREnD project

events listing

 

home button poets button features button

links button shop button about ppf button email ppf button

 

 

 

Prized and published by Barnet Borough Arts 2006

 

Lament for an illegal immigrant

 

No moon, but fishermen

are used to that and the seaís chanting,

the descant of the nets. The decks

silvered with sea verses,

the minims and trebles of fish

hushed into songbooks of ice.

 

Something didnít sing, humped

in the net, thudding onto the deck.

Its ears heard no notes, its eyes

were blind to the men standing round,

its throat choked with words

that no-one would hear.

 

They let the sly octopus

sidle to the shipís side, forgot to stop

the arch and leap of bream.

The sea moaned, the fish

slipped out of tune, the kittiwakes

hurled screeches like broken strings.

 

The men unfroze, thumped

what didnít sing, what was lost for words,

over the hissing deck. Tipped what had

no hope, had never had a hope,

back to the sea. No

word, no hymn, no prayer.

 

But the rags of its clothes cried. The sea

beat its fists on the boat. And the wind got up

and howled till dawn.

 

Gabriel Griffin

 

last update:

Gabriel Griffin photo

contact

poetry favourites:
poetry on the lake

and in the shop ...
Poetry on the Lake anthologies:
2001, 2003, 2005
& 2006


© of all poems featured on this site remains with the poet
site feedback welcome