and published by Barnet Borough Arts 2006
Lament for an illegal immigrant
used to that and the seaís chanting,
descant of the nets. The decks
with sea verses,
minims and trebles of fish
into songbooks of ice.
didnít sing, humped
the net, thudding onto the deck.
ears heard no notes, its eyes
blind to the men standing round,
throat choked with words
no-one would hear.
let the sly octopus
to the shipís side, forgot to stop
arch and leap of bream.
sea moaned, the fish
out of tune, the kittiwakes
screeches like broken strings.
men unfroze, thumped
didnít sing, what was lost for words,
the hissing deck. Tipped what had
hope, had never had a hope,
to the sea. No
no hymn, no prayer.
the rags of its clothes cried. The sea
its fists on the boat. And the wind got up
howled till dawn.