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Clodagh Beresford Dunne

Clodagh Beresford Dunne (b. 1975) lives in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford with her husband and four young children. She holds degrees in English and in Law, is a qualified solicitor and a member of the NUJ. She writes poetry, short stories and plays. She is the recipient of a number of bursaries and awards from the Waterford Arts Office and in 2010 was awarded the Regional Arts Bursary for her writing. She is presently compiling her first collection of poetry. Her poems have been published in the UK and Ireland and have most recently appeared in The Moth, The Stinging Fly and Poetry 24.

 

 

 


 

Brother

 

Don’t look at the rosemary on the fridge

Shelfit will remind you of the lamb

You cooked yesterday and how you

Laughed at the notion of posting

Next Sunday’s roast Down Under.

 

Don’t think that staring at a television

Screen will fill the void. The Sydney

Cricket match on the afternoon sports

Bulletin will emulate the scorch

Of your dancing coal fire.

 

Don’t step outside to breathe the frosty air,

You might foolishly look up to the sky

And see the ethereal trail of a jumbo jet

Oblivious that it and every emigrant ship

Has carried fragments of others.

 

Don’t look at your young son stretched

Out, colouring his pages with crayons

it will only remind you of your brother,

Six years your junior, of how you walked

The school route with him, his small hand in yours.

 

©2013 Clodagh Beresford Dunne

 

 

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