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Padraig Rooney

Padraig Rooney’s In The Bonsai Garden won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry in 1986. His second collection The Escape Artist (Smith/Doorstop) won The Poetry Business competition in 2006. The title poem of The Fever Wards, published by Salt in 2010, won the Strokestown International Poetry Prize. He lives in Switzerland.

 

 

 

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The Lovely Tubs

Thresher

 

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The Lovely Tubs

 

‘That man I saw about a dog in the Shambles’

never turned up, so I waited here all day

at the back of the houses, in the dyers’ quarter,

among the lovely tubs. I took a dip.

You see me now the colour of sheep’s wool

on barbed wire: putty with a dash of blue,

tint of the Quink bottle above on the dresser.

 

 

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Thresher

 

When I clear the jam in the photocopier

I find old John Barleycorn mangled in the tines

of a thresher.

 

It sat idle for forty years

at the mouth of a barn in Tyholland

like a deus ex machina abandoned near

the entrance to the underworld at Cumae.

 

I climb into its innards and make hay.

 

‘I thought you’d never find me,’ he says,

a straw between his teeth and a flat cap

at a rakish angle. ‘I’ve been waiting here

for eternity but you never pitched up.’

 

 

 

©2012 Padraig Rooney

 

 

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