Eleonore Schönmaier

Migrations” by Eleonore Schönmaier
from the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

The police squint 

into the glare on the water looking
for small boats.  On a clear day
the lightkeeper sees all the way  

to Algeria.  Over his sofa
hangs a tapestry woven
by his grandmother from red  

human hair.  Only the birds
travel without papers.
Though often now  

their tiny legs
when they perch
on the lighthouse railings 

 are colour banded. 

From Wavelengths of Your Song (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013)