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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Patrick Lodge is an Irish/Welsh poet currently living in Yorkshire. His work has appeared in many English, Welsh, Australian and New Zealand magazines and his poems have been anthologised three times. He was a prize winner in the 2009 Envoi International competition. He travels a great deal and his work often explores a sense of dislocation and otherness.

Patrick Lodge

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An Anniversary of Flight

(for Gill)


Forty years on from the first
birthday we shared;
you let go your heart,
loose and light as a balloon
it flew up, would have been free
but I reached up, blind,
caught it, held it tight,
feeling still the tug of the taut line,
the promise of airy uplift.