Mary Lee

Mary Lee’s poems have been published nationally and internationally, including Skylight 47; Orbis; The Linnet’s Wings; The Galway Literary Review, Vol 4, 2016; Poems for Patience competition, (highly commended, 2018) Crannog; The Furrow; Spirituality; The Poet’s Quest for God, 2016 (anthology, Eyewear Publications, UK); The Passion Poetry Magazine, award winner. Dodging the Rain website; A New Ulster website; The Wild Word website; the Galway Review website. Her work has been broadcast on A Living Word, RTE Radio 1. Her debut poetry collection was published in 2016 by REjoice Publications, (an imprint of Matthew James Publishing, UK).


When we meet I stand two metres from you
on Mainguard Street, close enough to say:

stay with the calm climbing daffodil and heather
stems after storm Jorge; hyacinth stalks

bending under the unbearable weight
of their own bouquet.

Coffee calls as we amble past Le Petite Delice.
Sinister symptoms hide apathetic.

Wounds so tender lurk beneath skin as terrified
and retractable as a slug.



He walks in step with me,
palms pressed together,
at a hopeful pace.

Love’s gentle grasp, yet feel
his tension between choice
and submission, need his healing.

He listens to my travail,
history’s inherited burdens.
Exhaustion descends,

there’s nothing left to desire,
what you still long for
is too large to label.

I know I’ll be secure
in his hands – life and death
lines – skin rough from long
hours with wood.

He challenges my scepticism;
comfort hidden in his
assurances, holes in hands,
feet, side, space of secrets

told only in the dark: his
oozing wounds, my
culpabilities concealed.

© 2020 Mary Lee