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Epistolarium

by Patricia Walsh

 

It pays to be a total bitch sometimes,

guarding your heart against transience.

Hoarding wedding rings against circumstance

hoping for an eternity of surmise.

 

Some unbound paper trail follows you home.

A missive attack on my fleeting person

exposed between sheets of rancid betimes

pages of desire not lost on annoyance.

 

Stale perfume, holding close, dependence

the promise of a future with me runs riot

my watery applause does not dissuade you

not marriage proposals promise night.

 

Asking for derision never rang so true.

Courtship by letter engenders a fear

paper dolls hem me in, marauding creatures

death and defeat are our only options.

 

Meanwhile, the tarot cards change, you, bold fianceé

push away your honour, out of sight

never wake again, in joyous sleep

suicide by duvet is your only answer.

 

I did not attend, nor entertains such paperwork

nor produce an armlet from a paperclip

appropriate as it would, in your pulped arsenal

laying down your pen in gracious defeat

 

 

 

 

Mauvoise Foi


  Patricia Walsh

 

So much for camaraderie. Sorting your fix

by the bandwagon, take no notice

of what lies behind, samey, repetitive

cliché rears its grubby feet.

 

The blind man navigates the tables and chairs

compensated in senses for lacking sight

nothing is sacrilegious to my burning eyes

rotting through insomnia, coffee overload.

 

Too wired to function, condemned to be free

at a tight end, trademarks always suffice.

Consumer culture invades our privacy

hackers in the background make fools of us all.

 

Not sleeping, not eating, a ticket to a mess

of someone's making, not just my own

growing tastebuds to deal with the situation

sprouting aggressively to hold up pretence.

 

A voice in the cityscape cries out,

editing out typos to heart's content.

Navigating through a mess to stay afloat

references to failure finally going amiss.

 

Not posh, not eternal blue sky, am I,

but sprawled on the hard drive for evermore,

a song for the dispossessed soul, a lost and found

not exiting in glory but through spite.

 

 

 

Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland, and was educated in University College Cork, graduating with an MA in Archaeology in 2000. Previously, she has published one collection of poetry, titled Continuity Errors, with Lapwing Publications in 2010. She has since been published in a variety of print and online journals, including The Fractured Nuance; Revival Magazine; Ink Sweat and Tears; Narrator International, and The Evening Echo, a local Cork newspaper with a wide circulation. She was the featured artist for June 2015 in the Rain Party Disaster Journal. In addition, she has also published a novel, titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014.

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