Annmarie Lockhart
and Bridget Fahey O’Brien

Bridget Fahey O’Brien
Gated Summer

Inspiration piece


Beyond the Locked Gate
By Annmarie Lockhart



You always went first through

every opened door, so tell me

about that last one, the one

that’s locked to me. Did you break

into pieces, did you become

a million wandering love spots?

Were you released as a rush

of flakes in a wordstorm?

Did it hurt?

Tell me everything, just like

the time you told me we cry

for every cumulative heartbreak,

not just the one we feel right now.


I don’t know which of us

is on the outside anymore.



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  1. Posted September 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm | #

    The picture reminds me of the rooftop of a jail. The poem conjures up the feeling of isolation when two hearts split apart. This is stunning.

  2. Posted September 11, 2010 at 6:37 am | #

    It’s an unusual gate, and, interesting that everything looks greener on the other side, making the poem even more poignant because we really never know. Love Annmarie’s words that speak so lucidly of love and longing and inaccessibility. The last two lines are especially poignant. Thank you Annmarie for sharing this beautiful poem! And Bridget for the photo. Love the title “Gated Summer”.

  3. Posted September 11, 2010 at 8:26 am | #

    Gosh, this says it all – the beginning, the middle and the end of this relationship. “Did it hurt?” It brings back the accumulation of every hurt, from the death of a loved-one to a “mere” rejection. And WHAT a gate! I found this a powerful partnership.