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Wake Forest University Press

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Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

Poem of the Week: “Not Weeding” by Paula Meehan

Not Weeding

Nettle, bramble, shepherd’s purse –
refugees from the building site
that was once the back field,

my former sworn enemies
these emissaries of the wild
now cherished guests.

Paula Meehan, from Painting Rain (2009)


Categories: Irish Women's Poetry, Paula Meehan, Poem of the Week

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