Friday 5 May 2023

2 Poems by Emma Lee

Sunlight North Dublin

Squint-inducing sunlight

stops me here momentarily

looking up at a tenement block.

Damp baby sleep suits, teenagers’ jeans,  

mum’s skirts hang on improvised  

washing lines on thin balconies.

Each floor sinks into the one below.

Each wall home to graffiti tags.

Rubbish stirs in the breeze.

The sunlight seems stronger

for being squeezed in the gap

between this block and a stark silhouette

of a city-grime encrusted church

putting these lives in shadow.


There was no big bang

just a series of small ones

in his morning’s kitchen clattering and curses

that moved the cats to retreat.

Two pairs of green eyes watched her

close the door between them.

Before providing comfort

she stabbed at the stereo’s buttons

for the radio to give

a sheen of anti-listening.


Emma Lee’s publications include “The Significance of a Dress” (Arachne, 2020) and "Ghosts in the Desert" (IDP, 2015). She co-edited “Over Land, Over Sea,” (Five Leaves, 2015), was Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib, reviews for magazines and blogs at

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