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Alan Weadick has had poems published widely, most recently in The Irish Times New Irish Writing, Skylight 47 and Cyphers. He has been shortlisted for a number of poetry competitions including The Strokestown Poetry Festival, Listowel Writer's Week and The Red Line Book Festival competitions and been nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award (Emerging Poetry, 2016). He also writes prose fiction and has had stories broadcast on RTE Radio 1 for the Francis McManus Short Story competition and published in The Honest Ulsterman. He lives in Dublin.

 

 

 

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Called up finally to the seventh floor
to meet with his facilitator
on The Sirius Programme

he is not as alarmed as
perhaps he ought to be
when he can no longer hear

the agreeable sounds coming
from between her small, perfect teeth.
Nor can he account for how moved

he is by the sight of the plain
silver crucifix glinting
on her freckled breastbone

as he rises slowly and easily
as the sleeping breath
of his better half

toward the ceiling tiles,
as porous as he’d always
suspected, brushed aside

like the feathery foliage
of the roof garden
from his head and shoulders

as he floats steadily
up and out into the gentle
breezes above Burlington Road

with its light Monday morning
traffic meandering beneath
his shoes, then watches as the Grand Canal

and the Liffey beyond, Poolbeg
and Bull Island are all swallowed
by banks of cloud as he takes on speed

in his ascent toward the throbbing blue
that gives way to a light- studded black
that then enfolds him like a second

viscous ooze of skin
and begins to tug him
toward this one blazing

conflagration it seems
they in The Sirius Programme
have assigned him to and which he

(being no monkey nor quite the child
they take him for) knows
is the precious dying light

of all days but this one.
And so presented with the surfeit
of all that for the present is

meshed with gravity’s desire
he will search behind his eyelids
for even a grain of earth

or its poor neighbour, memory,
raising a beloved dust
within him.

 

 

©2017 Alan Weadick

 

 

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