Lines in Search of…
foreign welcome a switch on language never learned
prayer for those who sleep in strips of cloth a sought-for question
a tear-polished image a picture scribbled on a fridge-door to heaven.
the eyes’ warmth
or heart’s milk pouring
down the neck
a tree’s seamless hem
to replace or repair
sky-cornered blossom’s comprehensive dazzle
bridging the way to will
the base of a cross lit from behind
wishing to be raised
Michael Lee Rattigan (Caterham, UK) is a poet and translator who has lived and taught in Mexico and Spain. He translated the first complete collection of Fernando Pessoa's Alberto Caeiro poems (Rufus Books, 2007) and contributed to the Selected Writings of César Vallejo (Wesleyan Press, 2015). He is the author of two poetry collections, Liminal (Rufus Books, 2012) and Hiraeth (Black Herald Press, 2016).