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Sheelagh na Gig

at Kilpeck


We look up at her

hunkered into her angle

under the eaves.

She bears the whole stone burden

on the small of her back and shoulders

and pinioned elbows,

the astute mouth, the gripping fingers

saying push, push hard,

push harder.

As the hips go high

her big tadpole forehead

is rounded out in sunlight.

And here beside her are two birds,

a rabbit's head, a ram's,

a mouth devouring heads.