Jean Tuomey

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.

 

 

 

Solitaire

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