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River Bank


After the yellow-brown leaves

Are washed with sunlight,

I’ll be the dipper that flies

And returns; when the water low

My poetry slowed to a trickle

The remaining ripples like leaves

Disappeared; or ink from my pen,

Seeped into river-banks again …



© Helen Harrison, previously published by Stanzas

Picture 10492531, illustration by David Binns, image copyright Mary Evans / Medici



Originally from the Wirral in England, born to Irish parents, Helen Harrison has been living in Ireland most of her adult life. She was awarded funding during 2014 from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland for a seven-day course studying poetry at The Poets House in Donegal. She has read poetry on The Creative Flow, Dundalk FM, and at various venues around Ireland. Many poems have appeared in journals and magazines. While a person who enjoys the rural life and growing flowers and herbs and foraging from the wild, she often gets the travel bug and writing is inspired by these journeys. Her first collection of poetry, The Last Fire, was published by Lapwing in 2015. Some of her poetry can be found here: