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Kerry Hardie in Southword Journal

Kerry Hardie was born in 1951 and grew up in County Down. She now lives in County Kilkenny with her husband, the writer Seán Hardie. Her poems have won many prizes. The Gallery Press has published A Furious Place (1996), Cry for the Hot Belly (2000), The Sky Didn't Fall (2003), The Silence Came Close (2006), Only This Room (2009) and Selected Poems (2011). Her first novel, Hannie Bennet's Winter Marriage appeared in 2000; another, The Bird Woman was published in 2006. Kerry is a member of Aosdána.

 

 

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Envying No One

Self Portrait

 

 

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Envying No One

 

 

There’s two young ones, a dog and two children

down by the lake.

The toddler’s on the jetty with the father,

throwing sticks for the dog.

She has the babe on her back.

 

What a heap of responsibility

to carry through life.

And the lake shining and dancing.

And the world blowing green with the morning,

 

and I, setting off on my stride—

as lonely and happy

as one of those Zen solitaries

walking the earth, making poems

 

about roads and snow

and coughing and drinking and making poems—

 

 

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Self Portrait

 

 

I fear the dark bird

that sits in the rustling

leaves of my tree.

 

The dark bird that’s always

waiting to plunge

on the crouch of myself to destroy me.

 

I fear its cruel eye,

its blood-rusted beak.

Its talons drip history.

 

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I am the dark bird

that sits in the leaves

neither shifting nor blinking.

 

I am the raw flesh

that’s hunched at the roots

ensnared in my fear.

 

But who is this tree,

its great branches singing and sighing,

sheltering a raptor,

 

shielding its prey?

 

 

©2012 Kerry Hardie

 

 

 

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