Mike McNamara

The Word

Things that move like living things
but are not alive. Do you know them?
Laughter and effervescent voices

that burble greetings from ambitious rivers.
Do you hear them?
Stones with memories of stars and moons,

formed before this spinning world was spun:
the first corn, reptilian eye, birdsong.
Slumbering mountains lazily tending

valleys of geese and strange painted faces.
The sun dried emigrant pebble missing the far away lake.
The apple thorn. The stippled dragonfly.

Listen with the ear of leaf and fire and sky;
in the beginning was the word
and with that word came separation.

Mike McNamara was born in Ireland but lives in South Wales. He had his first collection Overhearing The Incoherent published in 1997. His poetry, short stories and drawings have been published in mags in Ireland, North America, Canada, Singapore and the UK. Mike also had a selection of poems published in The Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian, 2003). He has a least 3 poetry pamphlets under consideration.