The Food Chain, 2015
Navine G. Khan-Dossos & Paula Meehan
Photos: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis
The Food Chain
I could eat the moon, the breaking waves,
the moonlight sifting through the pine trees;
I could eat you, my beauty, your gaze
following that scrawny village cat
who stalks the plump frog who stalks the bug
who labours over the hessian mat
while we eat little silver fishes
and are nibbled on in turn by flies
glazed by the shine of this blood moon’s rise.
Therma, 7 May 2015
Paula Meehan, poet and playwright, lives in her native Dublin. She has published six critically acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently Painting Rain (Carcanet Press and Wake Forest University Press, 2009). She is Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013–16.