stray beneath the wide wish bone crested singing breast of a bridge across the Liffey
while steps away in the city slim phalanges separate slow the skeletal symmetry
hush-hung over centuries a silverfin strung among the cantilevered balconies
hear the ear of the harp blowing through baleen echoing on the quay now
something similar sounds through the sinewy shapes the strings make a melody
borne out by your sleep the calm after the quarrel a slivered glint of moon
light caught in a ford the curve of vertebrae that hurdled ribcage
a glass ceiling unfurls a tide starting to turn
About Nidhi Zak / Aria Eipe
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. Auguries of a Minor God, her debut poetry collection, was published with Faber & Faber in July 2021.
Born in India, she grew up across the Middle East, Europe and North America, before calling Ireland home. Founder of the Play It Forward Fellowships, she is poetry editor at Skein Press and Fallow Media, and contributing editor with The Stinging Fly. She is the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and currently serves on the Expert Advisory Committee for Culture Ireland as well as the Advisory Board of Diversifying Irish Poetry.