Patrick Romero McCafferty

Stone Hands:
Pitcairn Island Figure

Thrashed into rock
by an old society
they reach out, fingers
splayed, to an ocean
as to a mother
and are caught
in the middle of that act
in petrified animation.

There is nothing more,
one melodious and incessant phrase
of birdsong and
the crater left
by the dead pulse
of a sharkskin drum.


Patrick Romero McCafferty is a millennial, hillwalker and student of literature. This is his first published poem. He was raised in Edinburgh and has spent a lot of time abroad, particularly in his second home of Mexico.