Listen. A poem by Bernadette Gallagher

O silence, I searched for you
but when you came, you weighed
more than I could bear.

I walked in the forest, heard
the birds and the wind, only
the fox made no sound.

Lying on the floor, the trees above
made me dizzy, branches
and whole tree trunks swaying
silenced by glass.

I listen to the soil, water and air.
To hear them whisper, I know
I must be quiet.


Bernadette Gallagher is a writer. Her poems have been published in various journals and recorded by the University College Dublin Poetry Archive. She has been invited to read her work in Ireland, UK, US and at the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. More information is available on her writing blog.

1 Comment

  1. Beautiful poem Bernadette.

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