Reach – Edward Lee


He erected a scaffold
to build his house,
but after its completion
realised he did not want walls
or a roof to restrict him
from the touch of the world,
so he continued building
the scaffold
so he might touch the stars
and see the world
as a god might.

He builds still.
You can hear him,
night after night,
his soft groans of effort,
hollow metal scraping hollow metal,
wood creaking, taking weight.

the stars above,





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.



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