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Eibhlís Carcione

 

Eibhlís Carcione lives in Cork city. Her poetry in English and Irish have appeared in Feasta, The Moth, Poetry Ireland Review, THE SHOp. She has also been a prizewinner at Listowel and Strokestown. She has recently completed her first full-length play and is working on a children’s novel. She works as a primary teacher in a gaelscoil.


 

 

 

 

Revisiting the Apiary

 

I had forgotten until now.

His window frames the apiary.

 

What can he see from up there?

A bee-box upturned in the weeds

a plank of wood with rusty nails

dock and fern and marigold?

 

Of all of us my father has told him

the most about the bees

but he will never go at bees

(although my father has dreamt of this often).

He will look out the window

at dock and fern and marigold.

 

Between twigs where a chaffinch sings,

I notice he is still watching.

“She’s birdwatching again

this time in the old apiary.”

(He will say when

he goes downstairs.)

 

The apple tree is gone,

planted for the apple blossom

which the bees work in early spring,

chopped by my brother

with an axe last winter.

 

He has built a house in the next plot

but he will never live there.

He will look out the window

at dock and fern and marigold.

 

©2012 Eibhlís Carcione

 

 

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