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St. Patrick stands at the shore:
slithered impressions in the sea,
smile smeared on his lips,
staff slurred into a half circle.

Angels soaring in the Irish sky
listen to the hiss of ocean
waves, trace with their fingers
the serpentine shape of the coastline.

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Matthew J. Andrews

Matthew J. Andrews is a private investigator and writer. He is the author of the chapbook I Close My Eyes and I Almost Remember, and his poetry has appeared in Rust + MothPithead Chapel, and EcoTheo Review, among others. He can be contacted at