Two of Swords

Catherine Fahey


Held by swords of fear,
pulled by strands of desire,

trapped between sea and sand
tenuous balance, unable to move.

I can’t see the ocean, only hear it.
I can feel the moon changing my mind:

brain gremlins sending conflicting signals,
misfiring neurons, I don’t want to know

what’s going on in my heart. Emotions
fighting to surface, I push away their mess.

The collective unconscious calls-
I’ve blocked their number.

Enough! I put up my hands:
I hold the swords and the strands.



Catherine Fahey is a poet and librarian from Salem, Massachusetts. When she’s not reading and writing, she’s knitting or dancing. You can read more of her work at