upended on my way to someplace
By Eileen Sheehan
Barefoot by lamplight, by curtained moonlight. Slipped
Pain stuns me back to my dream
And that was the dream. Then I woke:
These floorboards are real. And my back
Dog comes to nuzzle my arm.
I know you are sleeping, have heard
You’re done here. Except
Eileen Sheehan is a native of Co Kerry, Ireland. Her poetry is widely published in magazines including Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, The Stinging Fly, The Rialto (U.K), Staple (U.K) Agenda (U.K), Pelagos (Italy) and Versal. Her work appears in many anthologies including The Kerry Anthology (ed Gabriel Fitzmaurice), The Open Door Anthology of Poetry (ed Niall MacMonagle) and Winter Blessings by Patricia Scanlan. Her poems have been broadcast on local radio as well as Ireland’s national radio station R.T.E Radio1. In August 2005 she read at St. Ambrose University, Iowa. She is active in arts administration and facilitates workshops in schools and with writers’ groups. She is on the Poetry Ireland list of approved writers for their Writers In Schools Scheme. Her collection Song Of The Midnight Fox is published by Doghouse Books.
Photo "Leaf Shadow" courtesy of Deborah Ripley, London, U.K.
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