Michael Nolan – Ladder

MichaelMichael Nolan (b. 1950, in Dublin) recently retired from a lifetime spent in education. He was  Principal of a Jesuit Special School for nearly the last twenty years of his teaching career. He also studied Law and was called to the Irish Bar. He has lifelong interest in writing and literature.



I forgot the rusted ladder
set in liquid concrete
leaned on a holly branch

and salvaged years ago
from the fire escape
or even Rapunzel’s tower.

It cast runged shadow –
comfort in a garden
at that summer time

I put it there for reasons
of a place to climb
beyond love’s certitude:

I am no wiser now,
but miss the possibilities.



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