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Susan Connolly

Susan Connolly’s first collection of poetry For the Stranger was published by the Dedalus Press in 1993. She was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry in 2001. Her second collection Forest Music was published by Shearsman Books in 2009. Shearsman published her chapbook The Sun-Artist: a book of pattern poems in June 2013. Her poems have appeared most recently in Magma 57 and Splinter #2. She lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Woman in a Black Hat

 

1.

 

One night she dreamed that a ghostly shape

        stood like a cold breeze

        at her bed

and told her in a rasping voice

        about a part of her life

        she doesn’t remember.

Was it lying? Was it telling the truth?

        Could it really know?

Every time she thought about it,

        a shiver rippled

        through her body.

 

 

One day she cycled out to the country;

        after a while

        she stopped,

climbed off her bike and stood

        looking quietly

        at the fields.

Not used to such silence

        surrounding her –

she felt it like an arm reaching right

        into her own silence,

        agitating her depths.

 

       

Mostly she prefers to put on her black hat

        in the afternoon,

        and head for town.

Sitting by herself in the Moorland Café,

        happy in the company

        of strangers –

their bright butterflies of conversation

        drift near her,

distracting her from the emptiness

        felt so often

        at this time of day.

 

 

2.

 

She hears outside her window

     the pawing of things

that need no sleep  –                                    

     moonlight and

     creaking branches,

and she understands

what it’s like to be like these  –

     to be more air and fire

     than earth; so for a while

she’s restless, wide-awake  –                                  

     younger than a child

     could ever be.

    

 

When she’s awake

     she has the energy

of elemental things  –                                    

     moonlight and

     creaking branches,

but when she sleeps

and her thoughts

     flow freely,

     she sleeps

a deep human sleep.

 

 

©2014 Susan Connolly

 

 

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Susan Connolly at Shearsman Books

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