Patricia Walsh‘s poem: Blood Test

Fearing the pink, at a loss to savour

Items collected before the bombs go off,

High-rise deliberations lighting up lives

Sanitised tirades behind perspex screens alight

Slight bit of skirt captures the day that's in it.

Hunger no excuse for milling past production

The whole port decides what's going and where,

Personal scribblings incriminate the division

The local hardcore singing its perpetual privacy.

Floral tributes to the creature who broke it

Productive lives a reality, at best

Not knowing when to die, public dissension

Time and timing for the local vocal travel

Sworn in your shoes to electrocute your hardware.

Published without breaks, a formula worth repeating

Light from overboard saner over thought

Canine obedience no avenue to muster

Being relieved at your expense, looking the same.

Swallowed in your strictures, this acting learned

Far away from drugs as much as possible

Allowed to demonstrate what turns you on

Hard marriage for eternity, surging forth,

Advertising a bitter future, turgid at best.

Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland.  To date, she has published one novel, titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014, and 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 across Ireland, The UK, USA, and Canada.  She has also published another novel, In The Days of Ford Cortina, in August 2021.

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