Lines Walk a side line, stepping at a right pace, resisting the intoxication of distasteful rhetoric. Steady the mind for the unprecedented reversal— tomorrow, a deepening unknown; a line I never thought could be, has been crossed.
Illiberal States clutter of voices volume of noise a myriad of words exposed — an ugly new world If only it could be the week before all this uproar snapped at my heels like a snarling dog that wants to take me down. I might have had time to rearrange the furniture in my house. I might have set up a barrier or two at back and front doors. I might have put locks on my windows, chains on the gate - keeping the barking brute outside. I might still feel uncrushed– safe within walls of a liberal sanity.
Colouring Our Way Forward Plum comes to mind, a deep down bruise. It’s taking over my walls. It’s blocking ease, bringing a swirl of losses. I sense it — out on the streets. I hear it echoed across too many places. It’s coming with me as I move through the days. The trees let go of their leaves making possible regeneration— the coming again of spring but our bruises have festered. A bad time is coming if we fall to this purple stain of our madness— fail to leave the swamp move freely again. And back to the prelude— then progress— not a plunge into a reactionary crackdown.
dear faces I do not dwell on them sufficiently— distracted, fretful, uncomprehending of their presence in my life. Busy, frittering away much that is dear to me. Each year a bagatelle of distractions as I fail to grasp the magic of now and those dear faces, No two the same— each invested with their own light and shade their special mood, their way of living, their own response to the mystery that is life. Each of us has a gallery to stand in awe before. They gaze back at us in the same way if we open our eyes to the incomparable beauty of those we love.
Night Music Night music - varied as life itself, going back to well-known lullabies or to an orchestra of sound to carry you through your dream score. On other nights a cacophony of noise or just a bellow emerges to wake even the most sound of sleepers. Then there are those tragic hours that go to the heart of everything when night plays your sadness on instruments of perfect harmony. Finally one long drawn out note on the string of a cello or violin and your tears well— and fall—
Lines and other poems are © Mary Shine
Mary Shine was born in Templemore, Co Tipperary, in 1956 but spent most of her adult life in Dublin. She has a degree in Social Science and a Master’s in Women’s Studies from UCD. Her first poems were written in 1990 and she continued with this creative process for the next decade, while also making connections with the Dublin literary scene. The Rathmines Writers group was of particular importance as it provided her with opportunities to share and publish her work. In 2001 she decided to relocate and moved to Sligo. Her writing was interrupted by the challenges of this upheaval and it was 2016 before she again began writing her poems. In 2017 she published her first collection, A Sense Of A Life. She hopes that the long silence is finally over and that her writing life will continue.