Echo
Attracta Fahy

A nymph, with no beginning,
known, only in the voice of others.
Eve, our mother
sleeps subservient,
in the womb of Adams rib.
Lilith, waits for rebirth.
I wait also.
Persephone, slips through the portal,
spring flowers take her
to root, arms of Hades,
dark god of redemption.
Cassandra, kissed by Apollo,
gifted, cursed, silenced;
Psyche, trawls river beds,
reeds, caves. Her task,
to find elixir.
Aphrodite risen from depths, ocean
creatures shadow her power.
Medusa, guards her girls,
with eyes of stone.
We are all of these women, mortals,
goddesses, nymphs,
have known our Echo, voiceless,
our Eve, betrayed, Persephone split
between parents.
Who has not been silenced as Cassandra?
Exposed, naked as Aphrodite?
Who is not a woman in search
of her goddess, herself?

 

 

Attracta Fahy’s background is Nursing/Social Care. She works as a Psychotherapist, lives in Co.Galway, and has three children. She completed her MA in Writing NUIG in 2017, and participates in Over The Edge poetry workshops. Her poems have been published in Banshee, Poetry Ireland Review, The Blue Nib, Poethead, Orbis, Honest Ulsterman, and several other journals, and magazines. She has been included in The Blue Nib Anthology, shortlisted for 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year, and is a Blue Nib nominee for Pushcart. She was one of the winners in the Pamphlet series competition with Hedgehog Poetry Press, and will have her first collection published in 2019.