Poems by Edward Lee : “The First of You, The Last”, “I See You”, “Burden”, “Darkness”

a gloomy scorched tree in darkness

The First of You, The Last

Seventy plus years
written deeply
around your eyes,
belie the youth
and mischief
shining in those eyes,

even as you died,
your name a stranger
on your own tongue.

I See You

I watch as my shadow
pulls away from me
and the sky becomes
my world, the clouds the ground
my feet can barely touch.

Eventually I reclaim
my equilibrium
and risk another look
at you, the spin beginning
again, the dizzying
like a flutter in my chest.


You hindered my life less
before you were born,
she tells me,
one hand holding
my wounded wrist
as I lie in the hospital bed,
her other stroking her
now aged stomach,
the memory of nighttime kicks
clearly echoing in the tremble
of her ringless fingers;

in the weeks to come
a doctor will name
the weight in my head,
and my healing will begin,
while her words to me
will always be remembered
whenever that weight – never
entirely healed – chooses
to bleed its gravity
through my mind again.


Before the sky
has bled
all its light,
the streetlights
come on
all at once,
though their growing paleness
seems insignificant
compared to the stubborn sky,
the last of its light
held tightly.

But the sky
must fail, its wound of night
refusing to be healed,
and these street lights
shall be all that shines,
illuminating the way
for those who need it,

the most insignificant thing
still significant
to someone.


Edward Lee’s poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen, The Blue Nib and Poetry Wales.  His play ‘Wall’ was part of Druid Theatre’s Druid Debuts 2020. His debut poetry collection “Playing Poohsticks On Ha’Penny Bridge” was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection.

He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Orson Carroll, Lego Figures Fighting, and Pale Blond Boy.

His blog/website can be found at https://edwardmlee.wordpress.com

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