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Chimera Lay lives in West Cork. Her work has appeared in Bare Hands, Burning Bush 2, And Other Poems, The Stony Thursday Anthology and The Poetry Bus.

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Walking Back

 

I’m feeling followed; shadow legs,

school skirt rough against her knees.

There’s honeysuckle in the hedge,

I forgot about the honeysuckle.

How many times through this park,

in grey socks and red sandals?

 

She’s peering from behind a tree.

I order pasta at the lakeside café;

it’s unwelcome in my mouth,

I want chips or…doughnuts!

Sizzling and sifted with sugar.

I listen, walk to the corner,

 

to the string of silver bells jangling

on his stall’s green awning

–  a few years round his waist.

I queue and the golden lifebuoys

sink and rise; he hands me a greasy

bag, she watches, pleased

 

that I’ve remembered; I stuff myself;

recall the frayed red coat, dark eyes,

high fringe and bitten fingers.

I want to say sorry for not giving

her enough. She stares back smiling

at the sugar round my mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2013 Chimera Lay

 

 

 

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'No translation': a poem by Chimera Lay in Burning Bush 2

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'By the Sea': a poem in Bare Hands

 

 

 

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