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mary obrienMary O’Brien  lives near Wexford town, Ireland.  She has worked in Primary and Adult Education and holds a Masters Degree from Milltown Institute, Dublin. She has been published in several poetry magazines, been the  recipient of a Local Authority Arts Bursary, and has three collections of poetry. Her  collection, Cutting the Lake was published in 2005 by Rectory Press, Waterford. Dicing With the Tide, was published by The Works, Wexford in  2008 and was supported by a Local Authority Per Cent for Art Programme. Her most recent poetry book in 2011 was a collection of haiku.


 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Light

 

When I sit beside you on your cold

bronze seat, regard your sturdy features,

crossed arms and legs, I can’t believe

you had it all that bad living here near

the banks of the Grand Canal.

         

Even on a January day with traffic

you had blue sky, winter trees reflected

in the water, a moorhen moving out from

hiding in the reeds, the mallards sailing

calmly in ripples of their own making.

 

You had the grace of swans, the calling

gulls, the water spilling from the locks

a sound you termed redemption and often

when you looked through the narrow eye of

a bridge you were rewarded by fantastic light.

 

Cast for ever in this forbidding reverie, you  

want no sycophantic chit-chat, small-talk

or analysis so I follow your gaze back

to the water, to those everydays of nature,

remembering how you deemed them plenty,

 

your respect for arguments that couldn’t be proven.

 

 

 

 

 

©2013 Mary O'Brien

 

 

 

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