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Brian Kirk in Southword Journal

Brian Kirk lives in Clondalkin, Dublin. He has been shortlisted for various awards in recent years including Hennessy Awards in 2008 and 2011. He was twice shortlisted for RTE’s PJ O’Connor Award for radio drama. His stories and poems have appeared in the Sunday Tribune, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, Revival, Boyne Berries, Wordlegs, Cancan, The First Cut and various anthologies.


 

 

 

 

Life is Elsewhere

 

 

Even the sound of the goods train

Passing in the night,

Rattling the rotting frame

Of my childhood window;

Even that spoke to me then

Of a life I was missing.

Later the dead eyes of a stranger

On the bus home from school,

Unshaven and shabby in a creased overcoat,

A worn paperback in his pocket;

He lived the life I both feared and desired.

Or the men who stood on the

Doorsteps of pubs or bookmakers,

Cigarettes hidden in hands with stained fingers;

These were the men I yearned to be counted among.

Not the good, the polite and the young.

But I was tied by the kindness of others,

Obliged to be who I was

Out of duty and love;

I had to create out of nothing

False reasons to fight

Where no fight was sought,

To reject all I’d been given for free

In a house where I knew only love.

 

In a house where I knew only love.

 

 

©2012 Brian Kirk

 

 

 

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