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Rain Song, and: Lullaby

From: Éire-Ireland
Volume 48, Issue 3&4, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 319-320 | 10.1353/eir.2013.0034

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The weather forecast on the radio—
yellow warning of snow for Scotland,
northern England and the Midlands
reminds me how far we have drifted.

Blizzards in London, while here the sky
is shrunk to the size of a dishcloth.
It rains, and then it rains,
softly, but soaking everything.

There is a point at which green
spills over into other things—
down the lane and into the ditches
where the dogs lap it up
until they are full as eggs.

Snow settles on the life I lived
while here the rain is persistent.

The sound of it swims
around my head like a fish
oohing and aahing
at that and at this.

The water runs back uphill to meet me,
it pools in my shoes. It
fills my eyes until it’s
spilling over again,
down the lane
and into the ditches.

Starlings sing the rain song.
Softly, but softly, the dogs bark.


The moon swings from a black canopy
above the small white house.
Someone is sleeping with black stars.

You sleep in the crook of my arm,
your little mouth pushed into a pout by the pillow,
a single black curl against the white.

I write in the dark out of the implosion of light
that the black sky is.

Or: I write in the light from the snow
through the same square window
that has become a brood frame in a hive.

The bees swarm on the electric fence.
Or: they nosedive into the window,
black as molasses, all buzziness.

Rebecca O’Connor  

Rebecca O’Connor was born in Wexford in 1975 and grew up in Cavan. She won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2004 and her chapbook Poems was published by the Wordsworth Trust, where she was a writer in residence in 2005. Her debut collection, We’ll Sing Blackbird, was published in 2012 and was shortlisted for the dlr Strong/Shine Poetry Award 2013. Her poetry has been published in, among other places, The Guardian, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Review, and The Spectator. Rebecca designs and edits The Moth and The Caterpillar magazines and runs the annual Moth Short Story Prize and Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize.

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Rebecca O’Connor. "Rain Song, and: Lullaby." Éire-Ireland 48.3 (2013): 319-320. Project MUSE. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
O’Connor, R.(2013). Rain Song, and: Lullaby. Éire-Ireland 48(3), 319-320. Irish-American Cultural Institute. Retrieved November 11, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Rebecca O’Connor. "Rain Song, and: Lullaby." Éire-Ireland 48, no. 3 (2013): 319-320. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed November 11, 2013).
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PB - Irish-American Cultural Institute
SN - 1550-5162
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