Featured Poet, Amy Barry

Willie Ryan
Inspired by The Waking of Willie Ryan, by John Broderick

He hears the manic laughter

of a fly,

sits up among thistles,


a concussed journey.

The eyes of a red fox latch on his

but he takes no notice,

repeatedly clenches,


his nerve-riddled fists.

A gunshot echoes,

deafens the silent field. 

Birds scatter as fox blood glistens,

red fur giving itself to the dirt.

Bluish pupils dilate to bursting,

tears of pain drip rapidly as if 

his world has just ended —

A black fog drapes.

He hears the manic laughter

of a fly.

Writer I once knew

Grousing under his breath

beneath burnt sienna leaves,

an intimate battle,

a day searching

for sunlight 

through burgeoning clouds.

The muse

is present,

with flawless skin, perfumed,


lacy-skirted before his hand,

which offers seeds to eager birds,

while his foot shoos rabbits away.

He raises the brim of his fedora,

runs his hands through his silvery beard. 

The soil-brown tips of his finger 

will shift about the shaft of a pen, 

nimble as a spider 

wrapping its prey.

When the sun strays

through the gap of haughty conifers,

it drags with it 

a pair of lines,

that reek of a scent 

he’s worn before,

a brand of perfection,

moulded in a moment.

About the contributor

Amy Barry writes poems and short stories. She is published in anthologies, journals, and press and e-zines globally, including Southword, A New Uslter, Live Encounter, Galway Review, Amy was recipient of the Westmeath County Council Bursary 2017. She took 1st and 2nd prize in the English Poetry at PAU World Poetry Day in 2017 and 2018. Recipient of Neruda Award 2017 (Poetry) Crispiano, Italy. Highly Commended (Poetry) in SiarSceal International Literary Festival in 2017 and 2019. Highly Commended in the Francis Ledwidge Award 2019. She was featured in the RTE Radio One Extra in Reverberations Series 2, Nov.2019.

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