Argyle’s Retreat

Great hosts of basking sharks and shoals of mackerel,

like breathren in the one Creation, swam

together in the seas around Loop Head Point,

free of those long-standing habits of predation

whereby the larger fellow eats the small.

In Kilkee church, two girls saw statues move.

Lights appeared and disappeared and reappeared

from Doonaghboy to Newtown and the dead were seen

perched upon ditchbanks with their turnip lamps by night.


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Thomas Lynch is a writer and funeral director. He lives in Michigan and West Clare, Ireland.