"Imram" published in The Sea Anthology

Poem originally published in The Sea, a poetry/photography anthology edited by Steve Moore, published by Rebel Poetry and sponsored by Dublin Port Company in support of the RNLI. You can find out more about it here.


Here you see Brendan, reefing oxhide sails, 
The currach veering broadside on,
The glutted fish all ears as he preaches
Over the breakers’ foamy hiss.

The sun wends its brass doldrum.
An ember-eyed devil squats on the prow,
Its tongue a rutted, meatless fork,
And psalmody its frozen anathema.

Here you see Brendan, his name loved
By manuscripts and whorled icons,
Clutching the wind-wracked halyard, 
The sea his punishment and his promise.

The sails shiver. The oars prod a humpback
Islet, shaggy with the green of algae, 
To rear heavily and sink in white seizure.
A following wind dives low, interring

The boat’s flax-sheathed skeleton
In and among the grey fathoms, 
Slag-scorched waves buffeting
Her hull in a lather of sparks.

Here you see Brendan, cataracts
Of salt jabbing nostril and eyelid,
A rust-bitten halo now his bearing, 
The Eden-shore in his exhausted sight.

Daniel Wade

Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. His spoken word album Embers and Earth, available for download on iTunes and Spotify, launched the previous October at the National Concert Hall. A prolific performer, Daniel has featured in festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Culture Night and the West Belfast Festival. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry has appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012.