Smithereens Press Chapbooks SP14 - The Lighthouses by Daragh Breen - Page 13

Mutton Island; 1817, inactive since 1977 Aran North; 1857, 35 metres, white flash every 15 seconds Inishmore; 1818, inactive since 1857 Morning on Inis Mór, the musty rust smell of where ocean meets land, the gauze of drizzle snagging like cobwebs against the stone walls and the pre-history muscle-smell of bulls, creatures that broke free of the water one morning coming snorting ashore fully formed. Dusk, just above the horizon, the sun is the blood-soaked reds of a foal’s birthing sack, as it torches the water it becomes a bonfire. 9