Poem from Jean O’Donoghue – Poetry Competition 3 weeks to go!

From the Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition archives.

The 2017 winning poem as judged by Christopher Meredith.

Remembrance by Jean O’Donoghue

I’ll slide between them breathing frost

and consternation Mondays and Thursdays

other nights I’ll place grit

within soft folds

One night in six I’ll see

he calls her by my name

and once a month their passion

will be punctured by the phone

“Have you considered double glazing?”

By day, I’ll conjure nightmare –

a voodoo knife among the forks

meat that rots in the fridge

a crow claw on the door step

On summer nights

I’ll join them on the beach

and sing our favourite tune.

In her ear.

After the jellyfish stings them.

I’ll plant a mystery debit on his Visa

for champagne and crab cakes

and on Valentine’s day, a card arrives

that says too much

I’ll find a lethal virus

that combines with

the silicone in her lips

and the botox in her brow

and those augmented breasts

and manufactured finger tips

and overblown exaggerated hips

so

they burst

like ripened flower pods

All at once.

 

On my birthday.

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A little under 3 weeks left to enter the 2021

Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition

First Prize £100.

Click here for more information – CLICK HERE

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