by Cynthia Lewis-Jones

My genes are customized denim:
unique, a one-off design. The

Left leg is forty shades of green,
tough, durable, for roaming
in wild, damp places.

The right is practical, calm
as red-white-&-blue, sailing
the seas of maritime history

Yet black as ebony, vibrating
secrets of imperial angst
in shrouded sails of mystery.

Their victory,
Is the me I like to wear.


Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1958, dragged up, as opposed to brought up, on two sides of the Irish sea, I then lived on the High Seas, and Waterways of Life, and am only now coming into berth, on the far western shores.