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Niamh Corcoran in Southword Journal

Niamh Corcoran was born and raised in Maryland (USA), the daughter of an Irishman from County Louth. A poet and a visual artist, she received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from American University. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, The Los Angeles Review, Magma, Ekphrasis, Cider Press Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an individual artist grant in poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Poema pictura loquens, pictura poema silens
     
                   after Jules Breton, The Song of the Lark

 

 

Barefoot, she sunders heel-toe through the foreground,

an angled path through umber fields.

 

Behind the girl is the light, the sun,

secretive and still (I want to believe it is rising).  

 

The girl too is still, both arms stiff at her sides.

In her right hand and aimed at the field,

 

a scythe, its orbit wider than the sun.

Behind and before her, the field expands

 

amendable distances. A blue pool      

roots one ankle to earth. Shadows saturate.

 

She looks elsewhere, mouth agape, listening.               

It will not be long before her hands begin

 

to tremble, remembering the weight of the scythe

and the field she must attend to.

 

It will not be long before the august silence

is breached by a lark, scuff of her thresh and breath.  

 

 

 

©2012 Niamh Corcoran

 

 

 

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