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Stephanie ConnStephanie Conn was born in Newtownards, Co. Down, in 1976. Her poetry has been widely published. She was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize, highly commended in the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. She is a graduate of the MA programme the Seamus Heaney Centre. Stephanie is a recipient of an Arts Council Career Enhancement Award and recently won the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. Her first poetry collection is due to be published by Doire Press in autumn 2015. Follow her on Twitter @StephanieConn2

 

 

 

 

      Wadlopen

 

Not quite walking on water,  

less of a miracle perhaps,     

though equally unfamiliar     

to wade the mudflats,    

dark clay sucking at our boots.          

 

Our young guide led us across    

the seabed towards the islands,        

he took our guilders, asked us please

to heed the warnings; how quickly  

water can rise on all sides,   

 

how a fog can lead tourists

like us, off course, how tide-tables  

cannot protect against the shifts 

in ebb and flow between the shallows

and the archipelago’s belt.

 

 

 

©2015 Stephanie Conn

 

 

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