Sandhya Kal

Carol Caffrey

A child’s lone sandal capsized on
the just-gone-to-bed-still-messy floor,
an empty mug of tea left in the sink for morning,
the last parting streak of sunlight as it hangs
on to the edge of day – then. Then it was
you kept your promise and came back to me at last.

Then, in that in-between hour where
we hold our breath as night unrolls
across the earth, the interval where nothing
happens but everything might, that moment where
wakeful mind surrenders to the grace of sleep –

– then. You slipped between that sphere and this. 
Your arms were tangible around me
and there was not a particle of space between us
as we hugged each other fiercely for so long, so long.
I stood within the dream and outside it;
knew the dream for dream and actuality,
felt the imprint of your face on mine
the next day and the next,
heard all the words we’d longed to say
resounding in the silence.

Note: Sandhya kal is a Hindu term for transition,
the period that joins darkness to light

Page 65, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124
Issue 124

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review 124 contains new poems from Paula Meehan, Ciarán O'Rourke, Lizzy Nichols, Mark Ward, Gabriel Rosenstock, Özgecan Kesici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and many other compelling voices. Also included is Eilean Ni Chuilleanáin's remembrance of her Cork childhood, excerpted from The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a book of essays reviewed in issue 124 by Caitríona O'Reilly. Other books considered in this issue include collections from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Granier, Tara Bergin, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, and the Collected Poems of the late Dennis O'Driscoll, and there's also a short interview with Thomas Kinsella along with an essay on Kinsella as poet and civil servant. Another Kinsella is this issue’s Featured Poet, Alice Kinsella, and all artwork for the issue is supplied by artists associated with the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Great Denmark Street, around the corner from Poetry Ireland.

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