Grace O’Reilly writes an array of forms, is a member of several writing groups, and longlisted for ‘The RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition’, 2012. Grace has been published in some Literary Journals, in several magazines, and featured, along with some of her poetry, in her local newspaper, ‘The Gorey Eco’, 2012. Grace, has contributed works in two anthologies, ‘Fledglings’, 2016, and ‘Taken Flight’, 2019, published with ‘The Gorey Writers’.

A Sunny, Sunday Morning

The curtains sway gently
Dancing to the sunny Sunday
Breeze whispering
Through my bedroom window.

My husband’s body
Relaxes beside me
He breathes deeply, snoring slightly
His body rising and falling, contently.

My mobile phone is perched
on my bedside locker
Playing ‘Sunday Miscellany’
On RTE Radio 1

Music and recited poetry
Fills the bedroom
Our Labrador/collie snoozes
Lying on my feet happily

Our children play away
In the next bedroom
Olivia with her doll’s house
Ben with his precious trains

Smiling, I sigh as I know
How lucky I am to be able to enjoy this moment
My family, these gifts and senses
That so many are unfortunate to have
Gazing now at the time
I must arise and go now
Unlike Yeats though, I must arise
And go and feed the kids

Grace O’Reilly 29th March 2021