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Selkie's Return

When I was returned

to my limits

There was no moon out

And the stars

lay headfirst in the sea.

I am in space now

in the space

of heredity and sound.

Each billowing

of me

a hundred living lights

in local dark.

I have tried to reconcile you

as the sea slides

its chequered mask

under my skin.

You have given me

These felted words

still raining.

The memory of your clumsy


the opposite of jade.

The sullen sound

of water

from the smoky hosting shore

A hearthways flame

of diligence and competence


My heart is turquoise for my child

And green for you.

Green as the fronds of sand drunk

sealife marking their

inheritance of hallowed health.

I love you now

Here where I can wish you well.

I watch you make your footprints

on the spangled shore

and go on home.

I sing at them

so that the stars come out

within their porous grains

to seem a numinous

and multiple

thing stood.

Then I return

to the luminous walls

of my blue inheritance

and move

with swimming

the undulating world.

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