Sheelagh na Gig
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We look up to her,
her ring-fort eyes,
her little slippy shoulders,
her nose incised and flat,
and feel light-headed looking up.
She is twig-boned, saddle-sexed,
grown up, grown ordinary,
seeming to say,
'Yes, look at me to your heart's content
but look at every other thing.'
And here is a leaper in a kilt, two figures kissing,
a mouth with sprigs,
a running hart, two fishes,
a damaged beast with an instrument.