Aoife Reilly

Aoife Reilly lives in Co. Galway, Ireland and has had her work published in magazines including The Lake, Message in a Bottle, Poethead, Crannóg, Boyne Berries, North West Words, Antiphon, Skylight 47, ROPES, The Ogham Stone, The Galway Review, A New Ulster, and Tales from the Forest. She has recently published a first collection, Lilac and Gooseberries, with Lapwing Press. Aoife recently completed an artist in residency programme focusing on poetry and music at Officina Stamperia del Notaio in Sicily.




Last Poem for You

I liked to brush against your skin in broad daylight
catching you unaware in the nonchalance of love
I knew you by your words and arms
arresting me in night tumbles on the stairs
you liked to remind me of your devotion
to the present moment, terrified by this
I stole moments of refuge with you
between mangoes and blackberry feasts
bound in sweat and tangles with everything to lose
I learned your heart best
when you couldn’t see me watching you
in poems, wine, butter and toast

when released from a height,
I saw how the sun melts
quickest at the end
my sound crushed by waves
from the island of wild blue into
the last quiet nothing

© 2018 Aoife Reilly