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Maureen Curran in Southword Journal

Maureen Curran is a secondary teacher in Co. Donegal, where she runs the Poetry Factory student writing group. In 2009 she was invited to present a workshop for teachers and devised a programme called Drawing it Out which aims to sustain and develop student writing. Maureen’s workshop has been published in Teaching English Magazine and her students’ work has been published in various student anthologies. Maureen writes poetry and fiction. A member of the Garden Room Writers, she is a regular contributor at North West Words Poetry Evening in Letterkenny. Her poems have appeared in Revival and The Stony Thursday Book. Her flash fiction has been published online by Wordlegs.


 

 

 

Pills

 

 

I would prefer homeopathy,

to adjust my lifestyle, my diet

I’d try hypnosis, acupuncture.

The roads less chemical first.

 

Still, I would take the pills for you

to see you beyond heartaches, see

the saves you will make in a Milford jersey,

give you grinds before your Leaving Cert,

get to watch you walk down the aisle

with Demi or Alannah or Kim.

 

And I would take the pills for you

to see if you’re still as thran when you are twenty

as you are now,

see if you remain the spit of me,

steady that temper and steer you out of trouble.

 

And I would take the pills for you too

so I’d see these trees we mow around so carefully now

lest we disturb their roots,

able to support a swing, a tree-house

for our grandchildren.

 

 

©2012 Maureen Curran

 

 

 

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