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Midsummer, and: Marble Shepherd, and: Januaries, and: Summer Snowflake

From: Éire-Ireland
Volume 48, Issue 3&4, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 323-324 | 10.1353/eir.2013.0020

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The ash thickening and the bright eye
of the fire dulling with the hush
and creak of cinders.

A closed room. No sudden chill.
The clock rounds its silent hours
with minutes that don’t flinch or sound.

Almost dark.
One hand reaches for the latch and stays;
the stiff heart turns on a question.

Marble Shepherd

You couldn’t remember the silt-quiet room below the field
or the way he took his hat from his head and put a hand to his neck;
the dust-soft road outside the village.

How he downed tools for the day and lay beneath a lintel of dreams,
his mouth a little open, his eyes no longer heavy—
you, this sun-ember on the whitest part of his flesh.

Januaries

i

Broken daylight and the wind singing,
the sun in threads can’t reach these stone-
dense hills or the rain-fed lake,
it is a charmless fool’s gold.

This settling and unsettling, cold taking
to the skin like lime, white clouds working
themselves loose, began with a lapse,
grey and undefined.

ii

Now quieter, away from the lake, tucked
between grass and a shallow river, swift
renderings of green and earth-rich amber;

a humble brilliance in the cold that’s still here:
this shy-startle and glide of goldfinches,
small fires bringing live coal and jasper.

Summer Snowflake

No trill.
A seed-light nod of the head—
heedless, but not.

Lime-white bell shapes,
pane-exact and botanical
as a May morning.

Uninterrupted woodland
surrounds you
and you’re standing up,

this dress you wear:
a slip falling to the ground
inside out.

Michelle O’Sullivan  

Michelle O’Sullivan was born in Chicago in 1972 and grew up in County Sligo. She has a BA and MA from the University of Hertfordshire. Her first collection The Blue End of Stars, recently award the dlr Strong/Shine Poetry Award for best first collection, was published by Gallery Press in 2012. She lives in County Mayo.

Copyright © 2013 Irish American Cultural Institute
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Michelle O’Sullivan. "Midsummer, and: Marble Shepherd, and: Januaries, and: Summer Snowflake." Éire-Ireland 48.3 (2013): 323-324. Project MUSE. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
O’Sullivan, M.(2013). Midsummer, and: Marble Shepherd, and: Januaries, and: Summer Snowflake. Éire-Ireland 48(3), 323-324. Irish-American Cultural Institute. Retrieved November 11, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Michelle O’Sullivan. "Midsummer, and: Marble Shepherd, and: Januaries, and: Summer Snowflake." Éire-Ireland 48, no. 3 (2013): 323-324. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed November 11, 2013).
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