The shag declined to be interviewed,
wouldn’t allow a photograph, said she knew nothing
about the fish carcasses.
“Ask the throttle-and-munch-em sea riders
who were here last night.”
She didn't have a song,
just a certain way of puffing her chest,
of being exactly where she was:
the rock pools, the purple crabs,
the decomposing seaweed, the curve of the bay.
A rock higher than the high tide, an easy take off,
these were her piper and pilchard.
“Off the record, my silence was inevitable
considering my original disposition
to dive down under the horizon into the quiet.”
After a long pause,
while still looking out to sea, she said:
“It's like this, those carcasses were of fish I knew
in the way that you used to know the sky at night.”
“Take what you want from that,
I don't really care.”