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Peggie Gallagher

Peggie Gallagher lives in Sligo. Her work has been published in Force 10, THE SHOp, Cyphers, Southword, Atlanta Review, Envoi, Peregrine, West 47, Poetry Daily and Poetry Ireland. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Her Later Years

Honorary Mention in the 2011 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition

 

with evening shrunk

to a moth-beat,

 

what gladdens her

is the random setting

 

of mismatched delph

on the kitchen table.

 

Slowly and ceremoniously

she lifts cups and plates,

 

examines their base,

checks their place on the table,

 

sets them back

with a deft exactness.

 

Ordered and absorbed,

her delph ceremony

 

performed over and over;

cups, plates and glassware

 

lifted and swivelled at eye level

as if, for an instant,

 

a lens flickers, a glimpsed imprint

swims into vision

 

bringing a wild delight to her eyes.

Her lips tremble,

 

a faint whisper

rivers the skin of her neck,

 

a remnant of stem crystal

tilts in her bony fingers.

 

©2011 Peggie Gallagher

 

 

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