Day 23 of 365 – Brian Kirk

Day 5

Paraphernalia

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The inconsequential things a woman was allowed to keep:
a dead corsage in an antique wooden box,
a flimsy clasp to judge her secrets’ worth.

An artichoke in lurid oils, a jar of cream to keep the years at bay,
a ribbon that she wore when she was happy once –
it cannot hold the past.

The last few letters that he wrote before he stopped.
A lip-sticked cigarette end in a cup that once held tea,
a half read novel of the cheapest kind.

Some coins, a list of things she never did.
Grey photographs of old people when they were young.
A cracked mirror to reflect her neverness.

From After the Fall by Brian Kirk (2017). Copyright © Brian Kirk

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Brian Kirk is an award winning poet and short story writer from Clondalkin in Dublin. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. He won the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award for Poetry in 2014, the Bailieborough Poetry Prize in 2015 and the Galway RCC Poetry Award in 2016. His poetry film Red Line Haiku was featured at the Red Line Book Festival in October 2015 and was subsequently shortlisted for the Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition in 2016. His poetry has been widely published and has been nominated for the Forward Prize and Pushcart Prize. His novel for 9-12 year olds The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He is a member of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop and he blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com. After the Fall is his first collection.

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