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Peggie Gallagher

Peggie Gallagher lives in Sligo. Her work has been published in Force 10, THE SHOp, Cyphers, Southword, Atlanta Review, Envoi, Peregrine, West 47, Poetry Daily and Poetry Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hieroglyphs

 

This morning I woke to find a blue tit

chiselling a seam on the curve of my cheek,

spiky feet prickling the skin of my chin,

 

his hot-needle beak, like a sewing machine

running laps between my nose

and the swerve of my ear,

 

then tightening his grip with a tick and a hiss

of his wings, his relentless nib

whipstitches the quick of my lips.  

 

He continues, in the interest of symmetry,

to drill his fierce little beak round my twin cheek,

finishing with the sting of his initials.

 

All day my fingers track a faint alphabet,

a vanishing language of claw prints.

 

©2010 Peggie Gallagher

 

 

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