Image by Semen Borisov


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.