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by AMY LOUISE WYATT
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i’m not scared of fish-
not real fish

but I am scared of the fish in my dreams,
the ones that don’t really swim,

the ones that are larger than the tank-
the dark sleepy tank

made of skull bone and jaw bone,
made of coils and coils

of dreaming jelly; jelly dreaming
of being more than jelly.

i’m not scared of fish-
not real fish

but I am scared of dreams
where the ones that don’t really swim,

the ones that are larger than the cage-
the dark sleepy cage

made of skull bone and jaw bone-
fly.

grow soul-wings and heart-throb,
grow beating wings; wings longing to belong

to something more than fish.
i’m scared

of being neither able to swim or fly
from these dreams.

   
   

 

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Amy Louise Wyatt is a poet from Bangor, County Down. She is the editor of The Bangor Literary Journal. She has work published in a range of established journals and magazines and has read at festivals throughout Ireland. Amy was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018.



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