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EAMONN LYNSKEY

 

 

Eamonn Lynskey is a poet and essayist. His work has appeared widely in magazines and journals. He has published two collections, Dispatches & Recollections (Lapwing, Belfast, 1998) and And Suddenly the Sun Again (Seven Towers, Dublin, 2010). His third collection It's Time will be published by Salmon Poetry next April.
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Those First Evenings

 

 

Kitchen chairs and cupboards decompose
to obscure shapes, a shelf of dinner plates

is holding out against the creeping dark
that gathers strength in corners. At the table,

cup untouched beside him, evening paper
spread out he is reading, unaware

a page has fallen to the floor. Is reading,
knows that night is nearly here. Is reading

and not reading. Pouring tea, and letting it
grow cold and sometimes glancing up, expecting

she might enter, arms full, laughing,
raindrops in her hair, the washing saved.

 

©2017 Eamonn Lynskey

 

 

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