Michelle Heslin scores a vital point for St Joseph’s during the second half. Photo by Willie Donnellan, Sept 12, 2014.
Her body is a taut bow of intent stretched
between the ballet-dancer tip of her arched left foot
and her flying, scraped-back ponytail.
Her right foot is an arrow piercing
the air - she claims descent from Artemis,
lover of the hunt, in a straight unbroken line -
is related by intimate blood to Maeve
on her queenly mother’s side.
I never was this girl. My love was swimming -
the cool of the salt sea yielding to my webbed fins,
the solitary underwater glide.
From my sitting room window, pen in hand,
I watch my neighbour’s children: girls and boys
tackling for possession; skilful fleet-footed dribblers.
The North West Hospice Needs Your Help
Headline, July 18 2014.
i.m. Teresa Corish and Michael Corish
And you need theirs.
Though today you are
healthy, a trout
swimming through rainbows;
though your mother is
young as a girl at heart;
though your father is
sturdy, a great black ox;
all will change,
this play will end,
you will need their help.