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Mary McCollumMary McCollum is from Belfast and now lives in Hull. She has a Creative Writing MA from Hull University and is a member of Mutiny Writers and of a Stanza group. Her poetry has been published in a number of magazines including The Moth, Turbulence, Roundyhouse, The English Chicago Review, South 52, and Small Candles, an Amnesty International anthology. She has written a novel: The Mermaid’s Trail.

 

 


 

 

 

 

The Connection

 

 

It’s my first Christmas on my own again.

 

I’m looking under the sofa

for a bulb from the fairy lights.

 

Even with just one bulb missing

the set won’t work.

 

Under the sofa the darkness is vast

like outer space.

 

The sofa’s too heavy to lift on my own

and I can’t see very far under it

when I lay flat on the floor.

 

This is how connections are lost.

 

Something small

like this light bulb

disappears.

 

Something that seems insignificant until it’s gone.

 

 

 

©2016 Mary McCollum

 

 

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