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the madrigal, volume iii

I Spy the Fisher King

by sarah wallis

As the sapphire flies with borrowed

diamond light

the halcyon king flies low and early

over the break of water

celebrates his fish haul, a mechanical

laughter rattles in his throat,

the black eye calculates distance, splash

and energy to dive

the singular flash of sunset bell, under

blue cap and cape,

the colour of midday ocean sparkle, when

the mermaids light it up,

all on their first fag breaks and gasping

for another,

the cry goes up from the hide, ‘That’s

him, mates, all hail the kingfisher

in his glorious crown of state!’

Sarah Wallis is a poet and playwright based in Scotland. In the last year work has appeared at places including Trampset, Lunate, Finished Creatures and The Madrigal (Roots issue). Recent work is at Burnt Breakfast - Goats! -  Beir Bua - an ASMR sonnet! - and, Ellipsis - Magic Follows the Few... Her first chapbook, Medusa Retold, is available from @fly_press and her second, How to Love the Hat Thrower, is due next year from Selcouth Station. She tweets @wordweave and you can find out more at 

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