Like a pearl in farmyard muck

you were lost, static in a whispered,

devious tumult; your cries,

a shaking free subdued

by the letdown of compromise,

the other point of view.


                  It was pain

washed you. Stronger than gold

now, you nestle in the palm

of your life.




Ted Mc Carthy lives and teaches in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in magazines in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Austria and Germany. He has had two collections published, November Wedding and Beverly Downs. He is currently working on a third collection, as well as a series of translations.