“The River” by Diarmuid Fitzgerald

Water flows over the stepping stones
clearing away the mud left by my boots.

I watch the brown swirl on the clear flow
and hope my own hurt goes down the stream.

I offer up each memory as it bubbles out
while the beating heats up in my head

and my throat is dry. I cannot speak.
I am a child again finding my words.


Diarmuid Fitzgerald was born in 1977. He lives and works in Dublin as a primary school teacher. Two collections of haiku have been published, Thames Way in 2015, and A Thousand Sparks in 2018, both by Alba Publishing. Poems have appeared in The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib and in It’s a Queer City: All the Same, an anthology of LGBT writings from Limerick, as well as placing second in the 2018 Ballyroan Library poetry competition. You can read Diarmuid’s poems on www.deewriter.com.