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Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Even the darkest corner holds attraction
to those searching for silence,
a sanctuary from rushed thoughts;
suggestions that overwhelm,
lay a burden on the heart.

Secret pain seeks unseen solitude,
where shadows protect against our mundane.
That silent scream, a place beyond contact,
haunts nights where sleep remains beneath guilt.

Your light lies out of reach - one more step,
just one – once grasped there is no return,
your peace will come and we will fade
into the barbs of past.

Our cries will go unheard.

© Eamon Ó Cléírigh

Sisters in death

Eamon, from Dublin, is living in Sligo since 2003. Writing is his passion, along with life. His poems and short stories can be seen on several online journals.


  1. Eamon, deeply moving, the silence, solitude, secret, shadows, beyond contact, darkness build the poem to that last line so very well. Shocking for those left behind. Máire x

  2. It is always difficult to write about tragedy in a way that is not maudlin or prurient but you have managed it well here. I particularly like that final line. Sue x

  3. Beautifully done! Heart wrenching and done really well here. I love the pause before the last line. It adds a whole extra layer to this piece. You've built beautifully to it. xxx Mari

  4. Great to see this here, deeply moving work Eamon


  5. A sad yet brilliantly crafted write!

    Cheers Eamon.

  6. Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to leave your thoughts. It's a sad subject, but it's good to get it out there. Thanks to Poetry24 for that. ;-)

  7. A well crafted poem, Eamon. While the subject is hard to approach, it needs to be highlighted, as your poem has. Well done, good writing.


    1. Cheers for that, Bobby. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  8. A highly evocative and powerful piece Eamon. One to remember and visit again.

  9. This is beautifully written and conveys that deep desperation and sadness so well. It is something that unfortuntely many can identify with.

    1. I agree, K, it is a sad reality that needs to be tackled. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.


  10. Very Powerful Indeed also sad

    Excellent Piece Eamon O C