Enda Coyle-Green

Echo & Orbit

Enda Coyle-Green

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In the forest

a hunter’s shot

locates its echo-

mate among a flock

of reverbs snared

by clouds reflected

on the lake, where

seven swans wait

for evening, some

singular, some



Two blunt nothings

where nothing moves

are suddenly alive

in the opacity of lake-

hill-mist-draped dawn.

I’m watching as a stare spikes

its orbit, a whole world

sized and measured in the breath

before the hop-scotch jump —

the other hare just sits,

waits for what comes next;

lost on soft feet, still

in the spin of my own life,

I head back to bed.

Enda Coyle-Green

Enda Coyle-Greene was born in Dublin where she still lives. Published widely in Ireland and abroad, most recently in Poetry Ireland ReviewOxford PoetryThe Yellow NibCrannogVisions International, and Abridged, she is also a frequent contributor to programmes on RTE radio. She holds an MA (Dist.) in English, Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast.