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Catherine Phil MacCarthy grew up in Co. Limerick and lives in Dublin. Collections include This Hour of the Tide, Salmon Publishing (1994); the blue globe (1998), Suntrap, (2007), and a first novel, One Room an Everywhere (2003), published by Blackstaff Press. She is winner of The Fish Poetry Prize, Bantry 2010, and a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. Her next collection, The Invisible Threshold is due for publication.


 

 

 

 

 

The Way We Work

 

What lies hidden

this November morning of squally rain

at dawn and fallen leaves

 

is your body lonely

under earth in that small hilly graveyard

sheltered by yews,

 

is your flesh free

of disease, disintegration complete,

wrists at last, shell-clean,

 

down to the skeleton                                

you first came across at school,

Latin on your tongue a song,

 

fibula, patella, talus, all the bones

you knew the names of

learnt as a nurse,

 

knowledge, beyond

words of what

connects us.

 

 

 

©2011 Catherine Phil MacCarthy

 

 

 

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