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MICHAEL SHEEHAN

 

 

 

michael sheehanMichael Sheehan was born in Limerick but has lived in Cork for many years. His work has been published in Southword,
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Night Duty

 

He had done it with a sliver of steel

half a blade broken from a safety razor

before slumping on the floor against the back wall

his body bleeding as if reefed open by rocks

the upturned hull of his tummy heaving.

 

To stop him from scuppering himself further

we slid around the blood-slicked floor of his cell

like trawler-men, caught in bad weather,

trying to haul nets together.

 

Three days later he was back on the wing

laughing and smoking, cross-hatched

with mending stitches, telling the others

how he couldn’t remember a thing.

 

 

 

©2014 Michael Sheehan

 

 

Author Links

 

'Setanta': poem by Michael Sheehan in Southword (Issue 25)

'Byrne's Cove, Kilkee' and 'Morning Unlock': two poems in Southword (Issue 22)

'Châtaeu Haut Gay': a poem in Southword (Issue 23)

 

 

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