Row Back by Michael Gallagher

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Petulant sun quarrels with crabbed sky

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It probes, prods, sneaks

Through gaps in broken cloud,

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Catches the crests of waves that roll

In deep swells across the estuary.

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Gales lash the craggy headland

Pummel long-stemmed grass into submission;


Rain shards pierce weathered faces

While wrens search out the whin’s snug core.

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It is midsummer’s day and Nature rages:

Brother Man, row back, row back,

Our world is not, is not, yours to destroy.


Mike Gallagher lives in splendid isolation in Lyreacrompane, County Kerry, Ireland. His collection ‘Stick on Stone’ is published by Revival Press.