Lizz Murphy: Seven Poems

Biographical Note              Contemporary Irish Poetry Index

I Suffer Not
Prayer: Quick and Dirty
The World Divided
And As For Today
Conundrums
The Crook Of My Arm
Drink Feckin Responsibly!

 

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THE WORLD DIVIDED

dispossessed
………………surging
…….fleeing

………..war…….walls

………..world….divided

dispossessed
…………..surging
fleeing

…….new walls

…….dividing

dispossessed
………………..surging
…….fleeing

……….razor-wire

……….dividing

dispossessed
………………surging
……..fleeing

fleeing for their lives

the world divided

by walls

into frontlines

Ref: Andrew. 2016. ‘Europe being divided by walls once again amid migrant crisis.’ ABC News. Online [Accessed November 2, 2016] URL:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-29/calais-jungle-rising-walls-reinforce-fears-of-fortress-europe/7975400

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THE CROOK OF MY ARM

In the crook of my arm is the put out of your eyes
a shocking sky fields rolling like a naming of the dead
all the ploughed bones shuddering shoulders
Impossible horrors urge the sun to catch on your collar
whitewash what we know of history
remember only the stems of freedom the fed finches

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DRINK FECKIN RESPONSIBLY!
for Aroona and Mags

They get straight to the point
Drink feckin responsibly
Take the feckin taxi
says the Merry Feckin Christmas cab

The taxi we took on our night out
was a karaoke taxi
He was sittin outside the club
waitin for his hens’ party to return
One of the girls chatted him up
took him off-duty to take us
to our next venue

We’re all in the back
with microphones in our hands
tryin to sing
sayin is this switched on
can they hear us outside?
We are wettin ourselves

We arrive at the next club
all arguin to pay
fumblin with coins for the fare
The driver says
Give us 50p each and fuck off!
We tumble on to the footpath
laughin our heads off

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