Poetry/Writing from Attracta Fahy : “Book of Longing” from Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen

artwork by Geoffrey Wren
Book of Longing 

Even before I began to write poetry
I spoke to blue, sat in my garden
reading his 'Book of Longing, '
'This Isn't China' 'Now In my Room'
spoke to blue white sky of Forget-me-Not,
'How Could I Have Doubted'
recited his words to birds, bluetit, chaffinch,
'You'd Sing Too'
early spring, chill in the air, a sea of bluebells
sway in wood left of my house, delicate
petals tended with care wished for myself,
still do,
'If I Could Help You'
wild blue geranium wave in breeze,
sun breaking through cloud,
shimmering shades of cobalt,
'A Thousand Kisses Deep'
light penetrates blue mop head
azure aubrietia, my garden alive in
'Dance me to the end of Love'
whisper to ethereal ears, if I could be
anything in this moment, other than you
my beautiful blue
I would be his poem, one of his songs,
and he would sing me.

Bio from Avalanches in Poetry (2019)
Attracta Fahy's background is Nursing/Social Care. She works as a Psychotherapist, lives in Co. Galway, and has three children.  She completed her MA in Writing NUIG in 2017, and participates in Over the Edge poetry workshops. Her poems have been published in Banshee, Poetry Ireland Review, Poethead, Orbis, Impspired, Honest Ulsterman, The Cormorant, and several other magazines and journals at home and abroad.  She has been included in the Blue Nib Anthology, shortlisted for 2018 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, and a Blue Nib nominee for Pushcart. 


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