The failure in our living


Dying where we stand,
slouched, our eyes closed,
hands covering our ears,
one could almost imagine
the world has stopped revolving,

a silent protest
against our collective indifference
of the rot that festers
in the deep wake
of the footsteps
stretching behind us,
akin to all the possibilities
that live inside us

endlessly unrealised.

Edward Lee’s poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and the United States, including “The Stinging Fly,” “Skylight 47,” “Acumen and Smiths Knoll.” His debut poetry collection Playing Poohsticks On Ha’Penny Bridge was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection.