Dingle Bay, Summer 2012 | Sean Woodard
Along the cliffs of Ceann Sibéal
herds of sheep graze, weighed
down by crimped fleece.
Rough-hewn Celtic crosses,
slathered in dust and moss,
peek out from brittle underbrush.
A boat slices through still bay waters,
inboard motor stirring up foam
as the throttle is revved.
A gray dorsal fin approaches the vessel.
With a barrel roll and flick of his flukes,
Fungie the bottlenose dolphin launches
into the air, slips back under the surface,
and reemerges to nuzzle starboard
and port sides with his rostrum.
The Ring of Kerry is bathed in gold
as Dingle’s red and white lighthouse guides
Fungie back to the bosom of the Atlantic Ocean.