From Woodside to the Pier Head by ferry
is a mile and a bit on waters
that smell always of mud and oil. Eastwards
is Overton Hill, the sandstone ridgeway –
westwards the Liverpool Bar Lightship,
Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea,
and, far, far beyond, the widening
Atlantic skies where the weathers are made.
The Saxons named the river – a boundary
between kingdoms – the Vikings the place,
with their numerous settlements on the heights.