Ciarán of Clonmacnoise Take my little cow-- the dun one. Lead her over the hills the green shower hills hills where even the high king never ever goes. Take her as an offering of bone and rhyme. Take her as a tanned bard. My cow is a sacrifice of milk and leather. Her hide is wearable whey. Her tongue is vellum. Her bones fill my skin with stories. She is a dazzling beast with her own story-- I give my milk to the cloistered. I give my dun hide to the Lebor na hUidre. I give my skull to the western sea. I fill the sky with marrow, and with psalms.
Richard Manly Heiman lives in the pines of the Sierra Nevada. He works as an English teacher and writes when the kids are at recess. Richard has been published by Rattle, Sonic Boom, Spiritus (Johns Hopkins U.), and elsewhere. His URL is poetrick.com.