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eEoin Devereux is a Professor at the University of Limerick. He writes short fiction and poetry and has been published in numerous journals including Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Silver Apples, Revival, Ogham Stone, Number Eleven, and Boyne Berries. His first flash fiction story ‘Goodnight Scarlett’ received a commendation from RTE’s Arena Arts Show. Eoin's poem ‘The Bodhi Tree’ was published by Hennessy New Irish Writing in The Irish Times in June 2017 and was subsequently curated as part of a Poetry Trail in the State Forest of Vermont. A flash fiction version of his story ‘Mrs Flood’ was broadcast by RTE Radio 1 in 2014 and subsequently published by the O’Brien Press in '100 Words, 100 Books.' His short story 'Making A Stand' was published by The Irish Times in December 2017.

 

 

 

The Bullfield

 

On All Souls Day

I knelt down

On the mottled Tundra clay

 

Below, at ground level

I could faintly hear

The murmurings of madmen

Buried, nameless in the paupers’ grave

 

Simple men like Cecil Murphy and Brendan Plunkett,

Let out for the day

To belly crawl over damp drills

Handpicking potatoes, Savoy Cabbage, carrots and mangles

 

Able-bodied innocents like Mattie Keane and Pa O’Brien

Chopping wood or ricking turf

Thrown the odd Players or Woodbine

As payment for their toil

 

Tormented men like Jim Sullivan and Dinny Ryan

Fattening pigs with sour milk and potato skins

Slopping out greeny brown scutter from their pens

 

Dumped in silence at first light

From the back of a red Ford tractor

In exchange for bed and board

In the madhouse

Named after the Patron Saint of Workers.

 

©2018 Eoin Devereux

 

 

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