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Michael RayMichael Ray is a visual artist living in West Cork. His poems have appeared in a number of journals including: The Moth, The Irish Independent, The Shop, Abridged, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, Ambit, Magma and One.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Lung Song

 

 

I consider the quality

early morning gives

to light

 

as the district of sheets

shadow-prints

my father’s bedroom wall,

 

looms at an angle

Corbusier

might have seen

 

the day before he dreamt

of buildings,

cantilevered over water.

 

His chest rales—

some fretful force rattling

loose another rusty bolt.

 

If I were an archaeologist

of sound, I might

only hear the hiss

 

and clatter of steel

rolling from a furnace.              

He’s stirring now; night

 

terrors merging in his

morphine mind. I wait

until he moves beyond

 

his foreman’s voice –

Damned erratic

temperature descent,

 

Where’s my helmet?

I hold his hand, help him

tiptoe towards the shadow.

 

 

©2016 Michael Ray

 

 

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'The Auk House': Michael Ray poem in Ayris

'Stilt Men': Listowel Week winning poem by Michael Ray

'A well-used shed in County Cork': poem by Michael Ray in Irish Independent

 

 

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