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John Doyle: Bird in Flight, Nullarbor Plain, 1967

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Art by Joseph Richkus 2024

Bird in Flight, Nullarbor Plain, 1967

 

by John Doyle

 

Photograph taken by an unknown person from a passing train

 

There's a sky crippled to a world behind it,

there's a colour unknown to Christ and Satan

mortals refuse to divulge,

there's a stone weeping in a river so no one sees how soft it is,

a blade of glass rippling in dreams of clothes tried on

in supermarket aisles they left behind after all;

there's a bird too, taking off somewhere.

I hope it's God who tells me where it went

when I share that colour with that lilting lens

 

 

 


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Art by Joseph Richkus 2024

John Doyle is from County Kildare in Ireland. He returned to writing poetry in February 2015 after a gap of nearly 7 years. Since then, he's had 10 collections released, including Leaving Henderson County in 2020, and A Word In Your Fear in 2024. He is writing his first novel at present and works as a librarian.

Joseph Richkus is an enthusiastic illustrator, photographer, writer, and reader. He has been an essential oil perfumer for more than 20 years, and has worked as a history teacher, chemist, security guard, and circus canvasman. He bemoans the limits of time and regrets that he is not 10 people, one of whom would happily devote every waking hour to reading the Sunday New York Times. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024