A neighbourhood. At dusk. Things are getting ready to happen out of sight. Stars and moths. And rinds slanting around fruit. But not yet. One tree is black. One window is yellow as butter. A woman leans down to catch a child who has run into her arms this moment. Stars rise. Moths flutter. Apples sweeten in the dark.
From In a Time of Violence, 1994
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Copyright 1994 by Eavan Boland.
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Eavan Boland (1944-2020) was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1944. She published numerous poetry collections, including A Woman Without a Country: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2014).