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GERRY BOLAND

 

Gerry Boland

Gerry Boland lived in Dublin for most of his life until he decided ten years ago to retreat to the peace and quiet of the north Roscommon countryside. He writes poetry and short fiction and publishes in Irish and international journals. He came third in the 2008 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and his story, 'Bridie's Birthday Party', is in the current Fish Anthology. He has had two travel books on Dublin published, the most recent of which was Strollers Guide to Dublin (Gill & MacMillan, 1999). He is a regular visitor to Annaghmakerrig.

 

 

 

winding down

 

suddenly I seem to have got older

I wouldn’t mind if I could pinpoint

a moment a date a period an event

 

then I could say yes

that was it now it makes sense

but no nothing like that

 

everything moves more slowly now

as if someone prised me open

in the middle of the night

 

removed a battery

perhaps even two

yet couldn’t be arsed to tell me

 

give it to me straight whoever you are

is this how it’s going to be from now on

a battery here a battery there

 

until my troubled heart gives out?

 

©2009 Gerry Boland

 

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Boland on life as a vegan for the Independent

 

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