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Lani O'Hanlon

Lani O’ Hanlon is a dance artist, movement therapist, international creative arts facilitator/director and author of Dancing the Rainbow, Holistic Well-Being through Movement (Mercier Press, 07). She has studied creative writing with the Open College of the Arts, Bucks University and in workshops with contemporary Irish and English writers. She was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary by Co. Waterford Arts Office in 2009 and 2013 and the Writers’ Mentoring Scheme with Grace Wells in 2011-2012. Her poetry and short stories have been published and have received literary awards in Ireland and England. She is currently submitting a first novel to publishers and agents. Lani is resident tutor at the annual Molly Keane Writers’ Retreat in Ardmore, Co. Waterford.


 

 

 

Recognition

 

I see him in the street

the large shape of him; the man

who once danced a few steps in the shop,

joked with me about my quest

for the perfect notebook.

 

Our eyes find each other;

in the air between us, the terrible

thing that has happened.

 

My eyes won’t be subtle enough,

gentle enough, nor able ...

and sure enoughhe looks down,

the big boy’s head on him.

 

This thing has skinned you,

left you there for the whole town

to seeand it’s yourself you’ll blame,

that at least is familiar.

 

It’s not that people aren’t kind,

some of them are kind,

but their knowing flays

what flesh you have left.

  

because you can’t know

not yet,

the terrible thing

that has happened.

 

Right now

it’s not safe to breathe.

 

 

©2013 Lani O'Hanlon

 

 

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