Sunday, 27 October 2019


Most Unwelcome 

by Mary McCarthy


The secrets women keep 
Go unnoticed 
Like the steel webs 
Inside our walls 
Holding them up 
Sometimes like swallowed lye 
They burn through our throats 
So we may never 
Speak again 
Dangerous 
More dangerous 
Than enriched uranium 
Demanding the most 
Exacting care 
Offering a terrible 
Opportunity 
To guard the home you have 
Or speak 
And set it all 
To falling down 
Around you 
  

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Mary McCarthy has always been a writer but spent most of her working life as a Registered Nurse. Her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Third Wednesday, Earth's Daughters, the Ekphrastic Review, and Verse Virtual. Her electronic chapbook, Things I Was Told Not to Think About, is available as a free download from Praxis magazine.

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