Calling the Dance



Calling the Dance


Should we listen

to the reassuring tones

of the Minister

though we do not hear

the voiceless advisor

at his ear, or see

the hospital manager

apportioning beds,

always conscious

of budget losses,

budget gains?

Do we lie awake

fearful in the dark,

and cower behind doors

closed tight to family,

neighbours and friends?

Who should be calling

the steps of this dance?



Anthony Wade


Anthony Wade is a graduate lawyer with a Master’s Degree, an Irish national educated in England who also worked in The Netherlands. His work has appeared or is appearings in Ariel Chart, Boyne BerriesCauseway, Dreich, Scrittura MagazineMonthsToYearsLakeview Literary Magazine, Setu BilingualStrands Lit Sphere, Tiny Seed and The Dawntreader. He received a Highly Commended in the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2018.  An active member of the Midleton Writers’ Group he now lives by the sea in East Cork.


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