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The Sea Serpent, from The Voyage of St. Brendan

The Voyage of St Brendan|A.B. Jackson|illustrated by Kathleen Neeley| Bloodaxe Books|£10.99

illustration by Kathleen Neeley

The Sea Serpent

A storm blew up. The troubled sea gave birth:
a snaky monster breasted the wave-surge,
encircled the Cog, chomped on its own tail
in play or hellish malice – none could tell.
 
Trapped in that ring, the boat was madly thrown;
Brendan loved the ride, from trough to crown.
His crew were not so blithe or God-uplifted:
belly contents mirrored faith, and shifted.
 
Insouciant Brendan prayed: ‘Mindful Lord,
deliver us from this beast, cathedral-jawed.
Its dark idea of fun will drag us down.
Undoom this moment; let us live, not drown.’




From A.B. Jackson: The Voyage of St Brendan, illustrated by Kathleen Neeley (Bloodaxe Books, 2021)

Launch reading by Penelope Shuttle, A.B. Jackson and John Challis

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