They sit on the wall of the old town bridge,
that place of endless departures,
below the high castle walls.
Usually men, mostly at night,
they are silent, unseen.
This one is young.
His white face looks down between
black boots as his legs dangle.
He will enter me soon, or walk away.
When he slips in I will hold him close
but I will not interfere
as he sinks into my depths
I will feel him among my green weeds
and in my vortices
carry him in undercurrents
with migrating salmon
over the silt and mud of my bed
to the sea and out on the full tide,
as all the other lads before him
over countless centuries.
I never know why they choose me.
Maybe because I am dark and very cold
there is certainty in my currents and eddies,
no chance for a change of mind.
Bitter as brine
I am always here,
yet I flow forever, east to west,
tidal, so they are sure
I will carry their cargo out,
take all their weight.
Jackie Biggs has had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, both in print and online. Her first poetry collection, The Spaces in Between, was published in September 2015 by Pinewood Press (Swansea). She is a member of the four-woman poetry performance group, The Rockhoppers. Some of her poetry appears on her blog: http://jackie-news.blogspot.co.uk Twitter: @JackieNews