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Barred for Less

Patricia Walsh

The authentic sunrise gloats in its white sugar

Being declared useless by its solid crew

Effort ground to a halt parking loosely

Cracking onto formality brainchild's perception.


Steadied by the lamppost, picking at the signs

Born into literature, the censure awaiting

Rested and fed, no-on else paying the bills

Studied into a corner none can relate to.


Disliking a vacuum, paid where the event has gone

Fattened insecurities gorge at useless scripts

Calculating destinations through solemn diatribes

Gifted into accepted the well-dressed give.


Dissecting cancer while you still can

Blurred into recognition, fucked up regardless,

Western food gluts the system throughout

Scribbling down the back for favours received.


Always finding duds, and howlers at that

Non sequiturs rising with a common song

Cleaning through sensitivities that karma missed

No right being here, going to an audience.


Dead in living memory, freedom of income,

Declared useless by proxy, eaten by sound,

Consistent, protesting little, futile aggregate

Killer lines carry on walking through dirt.

Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork.  Her first collection of poetry titled Continuity Errors was published in 2010, and a novel titled the Quest for Lost Éire, in 2014.  Her poetry has been published in Southword; Narrator International; Third Point Press, Revival Journal; Seventh Quarry; Hesterglock Press; The Quarryman; Unlikely Stories; and Otherwise Engaged.  A further collection of poetry, titled Outstanding Balance, is scheduled for publication in June of 2020. She was the featured poet in the inaugural edition of Fishbowl Magazine, and is a regular attendee at the O Bheal poetry night in Cork city.

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