What was her name?
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Although Jack and Rose were not real,
we still remember The Titanic
and those who sailed onboard her
I remember The Lady Anne
a cruiser from the Lakeside SGS
rented by some German friends
I remember the UFO
a yellow speedboat
with tinted windows
on Coosan shores
The Tigh-na-Mara lifeboat
that Athlone Sub Aqua
called their home
Filled bottles of air,
from a compressor on her stern.
Taught lifesaving classes with a Resusci-Anne mannequin
and gave lectures of Boyle’s Law from an overhead projector.
The Early Riser’s dirty callsign
and a Viking boat still afloat in Athlone,
where Michael the Viking still visits Clonmacnoise.
We name our cars and ships and love them to bits,
“Come on Betsy” my mother cried driving uphills
but when it comes to power, it is a slippery slope.
As knowledge of Sionann is only held
by those who have eaten their share of salmon.
Holy Mother, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
we call our ships, our boats and our cars, girls’ names,
are we all insane, we have forgotten her name?
Sionann she is calling,
A springtide raises all boats
Lady Anne, UFO and Tigh-na-Mara
Those names I remember and those I don’t.
the boat at Charlie’s Island rusted and forgotten,
rowboats broken and half-sunken.
Poseidon sometimes causes harm
but Sionann held each in her arms.
We cannot put a face to her beauty
but I must remember her like
The Lady Anne, UFO and Tigh-na-Mara too