Mary McGrath

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The drone of the city
Is absent.

No longer the hiss of the freeway
To lull me to sleep at night,
I now hear
The quiet clamor of the clouds,
The shrill cry of a lost bird
Trying to survive one more day.

The lagoon is alive
With all of its…

Why don’t you let me talk?

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I try to get a word
In edgewise,
But every time I start to speak,
You mow me down.

You brash words like a scythe
Slicing my sentences in half,
Cutting the blades too short,

My bare soil
Exposed like a festering wound,


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My old home stares at me.

I see exhausted eaves,
And a barn door
That wheezes with the wind.

From the distance,
The windows glare,
Squinting in the unforgiving sun.

The barbed wire fence
Stands in the back and
With its jagged teeth.

From the distance,
It looks like it’s…

Mary McGrath

Mary McGrath

Mary is a top writer in humor, short stories and poetry. She’s written for Newsweek, Wall St. Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.