Quest by Rona Fitzgerald

In the Atacama Desert, the remains of Chile’s disappeared
are scattered, sealed in arid soil.

The woman tell of their daily searches to reclaim their dead
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .unforgiving heat, no map, faith.

Overhead, observatories map the boundaries our universe
tracking the death and rebirth of stars.

Rona Fitzgerald was born in Dublin and has been living in Glasgow for 20 years. She is a member of the Federation of Writers (Scotland). She was the featured poet in the Dublin based literary magazine, The Stinging Fly in July 2011. Her first pamphlet ‘Oidhreacht/ Inheritance’ was published in December 2012 by Perjink Press. She has also been published in a number of anthologies published by New Voices Press from 2011-2014.
In April 2011, she was one of the four winners of the Lonely Voice short story competition organised by the Irish Writers Centre.
 In 2013, she was a finalist in the Glasgow Women’s library competition, the Dragon’s Pen and a runner up in the Le Manoir de Gurson poetry competition. In 2014, her poem ‘Mammogram’ was included in The Wait Poetry Anthology, By George Sandifer-Smith.

One thought on “Quest by Rona Fitzgerald

  1. What irony. We can map the galaxy, but there’s no map for a bereaved woman.
    Usually I don’t find that free verse works out very well. But here you make the contrast so stark and poignant, it comes out almost like an expansive haiku. Many thanks.

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