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eoin hegarty photoEoin Hegarty is a primary school teacher in Rush, North Co. Dublin. He is a member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group and has been living in Skerries since his return from Zambia in 2015. In 2017 he came 2nd in the Robert Monteith Poetry Competition and was placed 3rd in the Rush Poetry Competition and Anthology. More recently he won the 2018 Cúirt New Writing prize for poetry and was shortlisted for the Poetry Collection Award in the 2018 Listowel Writers' Competition.

 

 

 

Scraps

 

My thin arm swings, white knuckled –

a little compass arc

with a sting in the heart.

 

It’s like the tack of conkers, the hit,

and sings in the funny bone. I wince.

Fists meet as sticks.

 

Mouths twist to ugly shapes

in a scrap full of nasty urges,

carnival hates – another punch flies.

 

We fill the space left

by slow clocks and intractable sums.

Those blank classroom surfaces

 

that at times take straight

the morning sun; a small draft

from an open window. Outside voices

 

chatting; a gardener raking

or burning leaves; the sliding door

of a van that rolls and shuts.

 

Real life motoring off somewhere,

leaving behind a stuffy silence; chewed-up

pencils, leaky black and blue pens.

 

Afterwards, my face hurts – its shape

pulsing beneath the skin. I stand,

watch his eyes. The onlookers clear

 

like bad weather. At home I tell them:

a bang; no…in the yard. My sore hands

opening out like broken chestnut shells.

 

 

©2018 Eoin Hegarty

 

 

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