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Bog Medicine by Annemarie Ní Churreáin

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Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Bog Medicine

Drink these star-leafed nettles
and keep in your purse a fern.

To become invisible, say your harm
to the hill.

!is hill is pagan.
!is hill is Hill.

It will answer in bog-tongue
and occasional “re,
burning back the earth
along the heather-stream

despite bald heels of rock,
despite the kissy mink,
despite a saintly air

until the stream runs dark
with what needs
to blacken out of you.