It is the empty air
that knits fragments of birdcall.

Light breaks in divine discord
while the wise ear sleeps

then wakes to the pinhead
of a bird's happiness.

Ted McCarthy is a poet and translator living in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in magazines in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada and Australia. He has had two collections published, November Wedding, and Beverly Downs.

His work can be found on