Anne Fitzgerald





Too often you arrive,

spreading yourself


slowly and deliberately

across that evening


light, refusing to fade

like a child up late,


or some backwater

shade, where an orchid


flourishes.  Pink bits

flower into dusk


as a life to be lived

rustles undergrowth.









Anne Fitzgerald’s poetry collections are Beyond the Sea (Salmon Poetry, 2012), The Map of Everything (Forty Foot Press, 2006) and Swimming Lessons (Stonebridge, 2001).  Anne is a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary bursary at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.  She lives in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.  For further information see