Edward Lee

When I speak to the dead
they reply in short, sharp
sentences, their impatience
clear to hear, while
they look over their translucent shoulders,
as though whatever they do
in the dead worlds of humankind
is far more interesting
than talking to me,
a being alive
without living.

I wonder what it is
the dead do,
when not talking to the living,
even those living
who refuse to listen?
I would ask,
but I think
that is one conversation
they are not willing to waste time on
with the lifeless living,
their ability to not care
greatly improved,
now that they no longer
have to worry
about living
without living,
the passage of death nonjudgemental
and seemingly errorless.

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


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.