‘Dair Ghaelach (Irish Oak)’ by Carol Caffrey

The heft
and reach of him
through mountain bog and field
earthed bark to leaf-lit canopy
true north.

(i.m. Seamus Heaney.)

(previously published in Shrewsbury Stanza’s Anthology 2015)

Carol Caffrey is an Irish writer and actor who lives in Shropshire with her husband and two grown-up children. A former teacher and full-time mother, her work has appeared in Bare Fiction magazine, the Fish Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Lunch Ticket (Antioch University Review) and the Galway Review . She tours a one-woman play by Irish poet and playwright, Paula Meehan, called Music for Dogs.