s
s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO TO MLC HOMEPAGE

MLC

 

 

 

 

 

ONLINE BOOKSTORE FEATURED TITLES

 

Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan

 

 

Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition

 

 

Richesses

Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes

 

 

 

 

Munster Literature Centre

Create your badge

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Council

 

 

Cork City Council

 

 

Foras na Gaeilge

 

 

Cork County Council

   

 

 

EITHNE HAND

 

 

Eithne Hand

 

Eithne Hand is from Co Wicklow although she spends most time now in County Sligo. She has been published in The SHOp and The Stony Thursday Book and was shortlisted for the 2010 Patrick Kavanagh Award.
Her second radio play MAMMYWATCH was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 in December 2011. Click here to listen. (Requires Real Player.)

 

 

 

 

Border Bus 1979

 

Southbound from Belfast I could feel a physical shift before Carrickarnon.

Shuffle of knees tightening, hands snatching handbags, knuckles whitening.

Matches struck. Cigarettes sucked more urgently.

 

We sped up before we slowed down.

 

Though I didn’t have a VCR stashed in a washing powder box in the hold

or whiskey in lemonade bottles in a santa sack, 

knowing that others did—made smugglers of us all.

 

The Customs men boarded, picked on a few football holdalls,

searched one oddly shaped Woolworths bag. Seemed satisfied.

They went out to check around the back.

 

Across the aisle a white South African father and son chatted,

“What are they doing, Dad?”

“I’ll bet they’re looking in the luggage compartments”

 

Now, hardly a word spoken. Locked in our local moment.

The persistent cougher miraculously cured.

Right behind me, knitting needles started to click, click, click.

 

Finally, the slam of locks and voices raised.

The engine revved, indicator lights blinked on.

Relief slowdripped down the steaming windows.

 

“Dad?” came the kid’s voice again,

“Did they find any blacks?”

 

 

©2010 Eithne Hand

 

 

Author Links

 

Eithne Hand poem in Pen Pusher magazine

Know Your Station: radio play directed by Eithne Hand

Hand poem in THE SHOp magazine

 

 

 

CONTENTS BACK TO TOP NEXT POEM

 

 

   
 
©2009 Southword Editions
and
Munster Literature Centre
   

Southword 6 Southword No 7 Southword No 8 Southword No 9 Southword No 10 Southword 11 southword 12 Southword No 14 Southword No 15