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Left to Imagination

Patricia Walsh

Caught on electric briars, crying from shock,

Residual blood betrays its own type,

Universal recipient outsmarts the standoff

Walking through careless decisions forthwith

Daily ragged trousers voices it's perfection.


Speedy fashion, hardwired luck, better clothes

Nicer stuff than others, declarative gem

Taught lessons unbowed, a cosmetic rebellion

Gasping over shoulder in an irrelevant sly,

Ultimate trust goes forth in a lost plot.


Accessing money where the clean stakes admitted. 

Warring over miniature hearts gone kaput,

The arrogant perception entitled to go by

The angered form comes through smiling

Gathered with care, arms twisted full yore.


The attractive worker hides her time

The expenditure balancing on a slighted life

Loving this Messiah into a comfortable corner

Limits of form suspected over perfunctory tea,

Model answers enslaved to common forms.


Travelling a bit late, cast a slight lower

Underassumed names warring to the plot

Mere punishment for all that is perceived

Returning biros with hearty good will

Escalated brows gone back into fashion.

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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