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Noel King

 

Noel King was born and lives in Tralee. His poems, haiku, short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in magazines and journals in thirty-seven countries. His poetry collections are published by Salmon Poetry: Prophesying the Past, (2010), The Stern Wave (2013) and Sons (forthcoming in 2015). He has edited more than fifty books of work by others. Anthology publications include The Second Genesis: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry (AR.A.W., India, 2014).

 

 

 

 

Alleyway

 

 

The tourist man enters

the boy’s mouth,

clamps the young head

with huge hands,

rocks him to and fro,

punching his demons,

takes a while coming,

 

pushing luck and the devil

the boy knows’ll come if he’s caught.

The tourist man can

come in his mouth because

he’s paying the extra dollar.

Afterwards, red faced, the tourist man

hands over the cash fast.

          

The child shoves the money

in a bum-bag, dons the alleyway,

buy cigarettes to take away the taste.

 

 

 

©2016 Noel King

 

 

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Noel King at Salmon Poetry

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