Sunlight in the kitchen.
A good book. Unopened.
In such strange places
gird up your loins.
Bind up your breasts.
You have to balance up flavours
that one is not overpowered.
That little man with the garlic and ginger beard;
was his the face of death? Or heatstroke?
Tell the tale of every human being,
loved and unloved, killed in war
that the world may weep forever. That
there is no dust where there is water.
Why cling to the cloth that robed the spirit
when the spirit has flown?
Killing for islands and unreliable gods.
Thought exhausts us.
Do you drive?

Mike McNamara, B.A. (Hons.) Humanities, was born in Ireland but lives in South Wales, UK. Overhearing the Incoherent: Selected Poems was published by Grevatt and Grevatt in 1997. His poetry has been published in Acumen, Aji, Dream Catcher, Envoi, Eunoia Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Lyric, New Welsh Review, Orbis, Reach, Subterranean Blue, Tears in the Fence, etc. Mike also had a selection of poems published in The Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian, 2003). His e-book This Transmission was published in September 2019 by The Argotist Online. His collection Dialling A Starless Past is due for publication with Arenig Press in December.

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