Lihou Isle is like a whale
That slumbers on the sea.
At first you reach his tail and then,
Mounting on his back may walk
The ridgeway of his spine.
His eyes are small and hard to find,
They gaze right out to sea.
For what or why I cannot tell;
I know he waits for time to pass -
Perhaps to break his spell.
Strong powers are here within the earth
Not overlaid by man.
If I can lie in this rough place
And sense the drumbeat there within –
Perhaps my heart may wake.
© Sarita Armstrong 1982
The Island of Lihou lies off the north-west coast of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It may be reached by a causeway at low tide. There is a ruined priory, and locals have always considered there was something special about the island.