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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Anthony Wade, the only child of an Irish migrant mother into England, is an England-trained graduate lawyer with a Masters Degree who then worked mainly in The Netherlands before developing a life-threatening medical disability. On relocating to his roots in Ireland he discovered a poetic voice, appearing in journals in Ireland, Britain, India and the US, in print and online. A Forward Prize nominee, and an active member of the local Writers' Group he lives by the sea in East Cork, Ireland, only ten miles from where he spent childhood summers. Twitter@anthonywadepoet.

Anthony Wade

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Stepping In Time's Shadows

I'm time travelling as I watch
the video sent by my son in Berlin
of my grandson recently playing
with a ball on country grass, knowing
from his father's once coltish frisking
that this sturdy stepping will
soon be the springing of a lamb.

And I see, as I didn't then,
that these are steps
on the palm of time,
and the line I took brought me
to where I can hear,
ahead of my now grey, stony steps,
the silence of the rushing grave.