The Open Mouse

Rona Fitzgerald


On the Edge

That’s where I started.
A small island between
oceans and continents.

Our untamed west coast
home to puffins  red deer
indolent grey seals.

Bird banter breaks
water wanders.

I fell in love with Europe
boulevards, Beethoven,
harmony and peace.

Many tongues
in concert.

In kindred Glasgow
I found home, Europe
at the core of work
of my future.

Now borders are back
hearts closed
people talk about others

I am orphaned in double measure
at the end
of my Europe.

Copyright © Rona Fitzgerald 2017

Beginning with six poems in the Dublin based Stinging Fly magazine in 2011, Rona Fitzgerald has been published in UK and Scottish anthologies and in both print and online magazines.