In late summer almost winter
they’d lock the cows up for a day
to take away their young.
I’d sit up sometimes even then,
whispering your name into the stars,
the lowing of mothers hanging heavy
late into the night.
They did not know that
what they were calling
was already dead.
Alice Kinsella’s poetry is published in Banshee, The Lonely Crowd, The Irish Times, Best New British and Irish Poets 2018, and Poetry Ireland Review. She was SICCDA writer in residence 2017, and received a John Hewitt bursary in the same year. Her first book, Flower Press, was published in 2018. You can purchase a signed copy of Flower Press at Take Heart Pop Up Art, all proceeds to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.