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When All This is Over


we’ll follow a path
1234567through silver birch and pine


listen for the shepherd
1234567whistling to her flock of pregnant ewes


look for grasses
1234567herbs trampled under their hooves


catch the scent
1234567of crushed chamomile lavender thyme


from the mossy mountainside
1234567drink the river’s source



© Jane Clarke, first published in All The Way Home (Smith Doorstop, 2019)

Picture 12942742, painting by Ivan Shishkin, 1881,  image copyright Mary Evans / Pictures Now Collection



Jane Clarke grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon and now lives in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. Her second collection, When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books, 2019), was longlisted for the 2020 Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2020 and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020. Her first collection, The River (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), was shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and in that year she also won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award. Her illustrated chapbook, All the Way Home (Smith Doorstop, 2019), responds to the Auerbach family archive of First World War letters and photographs represented by the Mary Evans Picture Library, London.