Jean Tuomey grew up in Dundalk and currently lives in Castlebar. A former teacher, she now facilitates writing groups, having trained in the States as a writing facilitator with the National Association for Poetry Therapy. She is published in Crannog, Fish Anthology, Stony Thursday, Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry and Poetry Ireland Review.
What if I spread out my thoughts
like card games played at the kitchen table;
memory, when as children
we scrutinised the back of the pack
for an identifying blemish,
old maid, as we matured,
the dread of getting the left-over one,
be the odd one out,
poker, when the outside world came in
and we learned
not to give it all away.
Now each time we meet
I scan your face for a better pallor,
stamina of a king, heft of a joker,
to know I can deal the whole deck,
not conceal my hand.
© 2018 Jean Tuomey