the madrigal, volume ii
by attracta fahy
January morning, outside my window
a blackbird on the frosty ground,
fans his feathers.
Suddenly, like an artist
in a throw of passion
he swishes his tail back and fourth,
cutting an arc deep into the ice,
as he watches a female
with warm brown plumage
forage through leaves.
Attracta Fahy’s background is Nursing/Social Care. She lives in Co.Galway, works as a Psychotherapist, and is a mother to three children. She completed her MA in Writing NUIG ‘17. She was October winner in Irish Times; New Irish Writing 2019, Pushcart, and Best of Web nominee, included in a number of Anthologies, shortlisted for 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the year, and longlisted in 2019. Shortlisted for Allingham Poetry competition both 2019 & 2020. She has been published in Stinging Fly, Banshee, Poetry Ireland Review, Crannóg, Honest Ulsterman, Orbis, Abridged, and several other journals at home and abroad. Attracta was a featured reader at the January ‘20 OTE Open Reading in Galway City Library. Fly on the Wall Poetry published her debut chapbook collection Dinner in the Fields, in March ’20.