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Michael Sheehan in Southword Journal

Michael Sheehan was born in Limerick in 1967, where he lived until his early twenties. After a brief period in Dublin he settled in Cork, where he has lived since. He had some early work published in the now defunct 'Limerick Poetry Broadsheet' and 'Limerick Tribune'. He has returned to writing poetry recently after getting a kickstart from workshops he attended in the Munster Literature Centre.


 

 

 

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Byrne's Cove

Morning Unlock

 

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Byrne's Cove, Kilkee

 

The sea slides in here

slaps the smooth rock then

sucks back out over

loose stones like

a last breath.

 

Four men, bald or grey

are swimming naked,

their testicles retreating,

they know the first minute

is the worst, that after this

the cold isn’t felt.

 

 

 

 

Morning Unlock

 

The smell, brackish and urinal

rolls out on waves of overnight

body heat at morning unlock,

a rising swell of sounds rushes

round and a cawing

cacophony swoops up and down

the landings, everywhere eyes

dart forward into makeshift mirrors

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