INFLUENCE

Edward Lee


When no one was watching
a jagged piece
of the night
broke itself free 
from the cloudless sky
and fell on the century-smoothed pebbles
dancing across the sand
into the sea.

It shrugged itself to awareness
and stumbled into
sleeping houses,
infecting dreaming minds
with things no sane mind
should understand,
until there were 
no minds left
to stain.

No one noticed,
as no one saw,
sleep a gift to all
that cloudless night,
though some of us doubt, question,
the thoughts so elegantly verbalized 
by our suddenly changed neighbours.

Some of us doubt.
Some of us speak up,
but not enough of us,
no, not enough,

and the night,
and all its unseeable shadows,
slowly spreads itself across our once sensible days.


Edward Lee's poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen and Smiths Knoll. His debut poetry collection "Playing Poohsticks On Ha'Penny Bridge" was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection. He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Lewis Milne, Orson Carroll, Blinded Architect, Lego Figures Fighting, and Pale Blond Boy. His blog/website can be found at https://edwardmlee.wordpress.com