an icicle for an eye


the tight-lipped city

put up no defense

against the suburban move

it settled the cold case

by inner installments

till memory was paid in full

one look back

before the key in the night door

is turned

the road is aghast

at going in

time is happening

at the same time

beside you a bird

carries it lightly

but only because you follow

its solitary flight against the still sky

Una Woods was born and raised in Belfast where she now lives.
Her first published poems and short stories appeared in The Irish Press, New Writing Page, ed. David Marcus.
The Dark Hole Days, a novella and short stories, was published by Blackstaff Press in 1984.
Contrbutions to anthologies include: the Female Line, published by NI Women’s Rights, 1985; Blackstaff Book of Short Stories, 1988; Wildish Things, Attic Press, 1989; Stories by Contemporary Irish Women, Syracuse Press, 1990; Phoenix Book of Irish Short Stories, Syracuse Press, 1997.
Listed in Unveiling Treasures: A Guide to Irish Published women Writers, Attic Press, 1997.
Her play Grace Before Meals has been staged by Cello Productions Theatre Company at festivals in Ireland, including Dublin theatre fringeFest, and Earagail arts, 2005.
A short film is currently in production based on her poem, Afternoons.

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Dr. Ellen Anne Burns is an actress, writer, mother, teacher, and student, not necessarily in that order. She was brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she has just completed her PhD in Applied Drama. She believes in a holistic spiritual practice, involving meditation, self love and discovery, learning and practicing forgiveness, gratitude and love every day. Ellen wishes to support and guide others on their own journey of self and love, especially with a view to romantic relationships. She is a mentor on Gabrielle Bernstein’s-HerFuture.com and is thrilled to be one of the founding members of The Daily Sisterhood Blog. If you wish to contact Ellen please message her here, and she will respond as soon as she can.

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