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Margaret Sheehan is a graduate of UCD and Universitat Hannover and holds BCL and LLM degrees. She started writing poetry in the late 90s. She has been published in the online literary magazine thefirstcut. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Lost and Found

 

They said it might be nice

to keep your ring.

I prised it from your finger like a thief,

knowing it was wrong. It could not belong

to me or mine.

He’d given it to you

and I knew it should lie

a thousand years or more,

bone-encrusted in earth and sod.

 

A story told,

thrown with rhubarb on a ditch.

Fell deep into water whirling past,

held fast by stones.

 

Floured beside a cup or hid behind a tap

on watered window sill,

engendering a mass appeal, a frantic search,

your children soldiers racing all around,

always found before you went to town.

 

Now I search for it in a plastic bag,

through clothes, make-up, decaying fruit,

a prayer book and a perfume bottle,

through coins and clips and combs.

But I cannot find

I cannot find what has found its way,

through grass and ditch, water, wood and stone,

to clay.

 

 

©2014 Margaret Sheehan

 

 

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