Jeffrey Alfier. Down Culmore Point to River Foyle.

14 Nov

                                            Londonderry, Ireland


Tendon and bone ache from all your years
walking hard stone seaward. Still a mile inland,

you already sense the surf unfurl beneath
your keel and rudder, just beyond that break

in the stone wall where a slipway releases
you daily to the gibbous curve of the lough.

Trawlers will whisper their passage north
beyond Magilligan Point. Seabirds will run dark

against graylight and mizzle, tethered to wind,
communicants ghosting your homeward wake.

2 Responses to “Jeffrey Alfier. Down Culmore Point to River Foyle.”

  1. Heather Hallberg Yanda November 14, 2014 at 13:38 #

    Love this one: I really feel Heaney’s influence in these lines. I’ll look Alfier’s work now, and I’ll return to Heaney, as one should always do.

    • Patricia November 14, 2014 at 16:00 #

      Isn’t it wonderful the way our teachers and models live and evolve through our work? We love Jeff’s poems so much.

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