Smithereens Press Chapbooks SP14 - The Lighthouses by Daragh Breen - Page 11

Skelligs (High); 1826, inactive since 1870 Skelligs (Low); 1967, 53 metres, 3 white flashes, separated by 2.5 seconds, every 15 seconds Storms offshore constantly shed their wave skins as the chasing shoals hover beneath the surface to feed on the scattered debris. On the coast road to Dun Quin a white alabaster Christ crucified in the rain overhangs a sheer cliff with the grief of waves keening against the stone face below. A fury of seabirds and gulls rise from out of the foam-frayed waves like blown snow and bring a blush of whiteness to the cold dark cliff where they rest and wait. 7