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Eugene O'Connell

 

Eugene O’Connell was born near Kiskeam in northwest Cork in 1951. He has published a number of chapbooks, one full collection of poems One Clear Call (Bradshaw Books 2003) and one book of translations, Flying Blind (Southword Editions), which was volume 12 of the Cork European City of Culture Translation Series. Diviner, a new collection of his poems, was published by Three Spires Press in 2009. He is editor of The Cork Literary Review.

 

 

 

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Habit

 

Someone had thrown out the cross

That stood in the middle of the enclosure

At Gougane Barra, and had a teak

Copy put in its place. The people

Still stuck pennies into the old cross

So it grew a copper skin that stood

After the wood had rotted. The habit

Trickled on to nearby branches that

Were punctured as far as they could reach

With whatever coins they had to hand,

And visitors coming to photograph the

Object of devotion wondered at people

Who put their money into such a practice.

 

 

©2010 Eugene O'Connell

 

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