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Roderick FordRoderick Ford has won both Listowel poetry prizes and the Francis Ledwidge award.  His poetry collection The Shoreline of Falling was shortlisted for a Glen Dimplex first book award.  His second collection, The Green Crown, has just been published by Bradshaw Books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crooked Other

 

 

I discover near the end of life,
a spirit stands inside of me,
that makes me less than other men,
hangs ghost lenses in my eyes
and lays a lampshade on my head
of muffling ectoplasmic cloth.

Please will you tell me who I am,
where ghost ends and I begin?
and unseen spinning high above,
what dark star is ruling me,
that when I love and I reach out,
gags me so I cannot speak?

In my garden digging worms,
I find dead limbs thrust from the ground:
a dried-up shrub that flowered once,
succoured many seeking wings
and pleased the eye with grace of stem.
With one great heave its root comes out.

And in my hands as dirt rains free,
an eyeless face with twisted horns,
a demon's head with matted hair:
that wooden mouth so chill and hard,
could scowl a lifetime in the dark
and never know that once it flowered.

 

©2010 Roderick Ford

 

 

 

 

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