• Aoife Reilly

Things to Love

The determination of hate

how damp wood likes to hiss

the way water speaks with stone

the impermanence of fire

the permanence of photographs

the victory of two over one

weeds sovereignty over lawns

the conviction of nettles to belong

the slurpy sound of bracken

being ripped from the earth

how air lives its freedom

and freedom loves the air

being swallowed whole by the ocean

blue flame skies at Fanore

the suddenness of freckles after sun

whiskey’s lucidity

the stern humour in coffee

the victory of one over two

blood, wine

the razzamatazz of dandelions

butterflies with ragged wings.

This planet and its song

offerings everywhere

should we choose to look and see.