When you shake the family tree,
my branch will yield no heirs, no heirlooms.
Mired in brambles, curved
clinging to the garden wall.
a restless robin lingers there.
A wind chime tinkles heavenly tones,
in the gentle evening breeze .
Hold back the pruning shears.
Katherine Noone’s first poetry collection ‘Keeping Watch’ was published by Lapwing Publications in 2017. Shortlisted Vallum Poetry Award (Montreal).Her poems have appeared in Orbis, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Linnets Wings, Skylight 47, Vallum digital edition, A New Ulster,Ropes. Poethead. ‘Out Here’ was published in 2019.