Title: Author’s Bluff

Author: Vincent O'Sullivan

In: Sport 29: Spring 2002

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 2002

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 29: Spring 2002

Author's Bluff

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Author's Bluff

It never stops in the famous story
does it, the wind, the wind?
It is there
when the book is shut, pelting
the house's walls, pushing the pines
the wrong way, making the girl's
skirts flounce like the edges
of the streamed clouds, her heart
riding the wind.
No wonder the sea
rings, throws salt at her lips,
the street tilts its deck
beneath the bright, flung stars.

Open the book, only that
will stop it. Open the book
to let her through.