Jackie Gorman

Leda And The Swan

Jackie Gorman

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Leda, Queen of Sparta.

I couldn’t get your name out of my mind.

My life blown away by

winds from the east.

Then I looked and saw

the shattered feathers on my pillow,

the shafts, veins and barbs of a swan.


The moon stares in the window

with skull-white eyes.

I hold my hands over my head,

as if comforting a child

or covering its ears.



Jackie Gorman


Jackie Gorman is from Athlone. Her poetry has been published in anumber of publications including Poetry Ireland Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Lonely Crowd and ObsessedWith Pipework. Her work has been commended in the Patrick KavanaghPoetry Awards. In 2017, she won the Listowel Writers Week Single Poem Award for the poem "The Blue Hare". Her work was included in the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Windows Anthology.  She iscurrently studying for an MA in Poetry Studies at the Irish Centre forPoetry Studies at Dublin City University and is part of the PoetryIreland 2017  Introductions Series.