Storm Wound by Jackie Gorman

Was it the peregrine falcon
from the bell tower that
caused the sky to scatter ?
A murmuration exploding in flight.

A cold spring evening
near the white bridge,
a lone moorhen’s nest
golden at the water’s edge.
The red barge still and
twinkling with forgotten
Christmas lights.

Near the uprooted tree,
an otter and a fox
looked at me with a
sliver of recognition.
They were remembering
running through my dream
last night and they
had left me wanting.
The storm wound in the
soil growing dandelions,
roots binding the earth
back together slowly.

Jackie Gorman is a graduate of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at DCU. She has been published in journals such as Poetry Ireland Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Honest Ulsterman. In 2017, she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and received the Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award. She has also been commended in Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Her debut collection was published in 2019 by The Onslaught Press.

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