It trembles in my diaphragm.
The stretch and turn of muscle
supporting air that carries music up.
Up to freedom.
tossing off abuse, rape, shame.
Casting off tribulations.
Swimming roundness of sound.
Cs, and Es and Fs.
Trajectories of hope, survival.
Comfort, reverberating through uvula
Breathing, planting, seeding along its path.
Flowering, wasteland to lush.
Stimulating heart beat
numb to life.
In 2018, Mari read at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival; and, Irish Writers Centre International Women’s Day 2018. Publications include: Irish Times, Bosom Pals [Doire Press], and Veils Halos & Shackles:International Poetry On The Oppression And Empowerment of Women [Kasva Press].