Animated Darkness

Sifting through paper, a niggling progeny,
whitewashed tombs betray their wares
shortage of ink to comfort the deja vu
strange solid art watches from above.

Collective champions eschew the later bar,
insulted injury too much to drag across
the dark-haired redeemer brings to notice
the unsung text of a forgotten queen.

Being rested and fed, despite any industry
colluding in its produce, goading further
the attention sought, gained and remembered
looking fierce shook, despite recommendation.

Intravenous for drugs, come along later,
minimal disruption of a working day
weighted, abated, a nightmare of excess
a noticed permission of means of production.

A closeted white, told to grow up
not even a break-in can move me far,
unless some getaway, through a galaxy nearby
fearing everything in sight, walking cleanly.

Solace in tea, a life-form worth dissecting
embarrassed in silence, burning in the truth
not getting over this, solidified wedding ring
crashed to obscurity, a lesson earned.


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. These include: The Lake; Seventh Quarry Press; Marble Journal; New Binary Press; Stanzas; Crossways; Ygdrasil; Seventh Quarry; The Fractured Nuance; Revival Magazine; Ink Sweat and Tears; Drunk Monkeys; Hesterglock Press; Linnet’s Wing, Narrator International, The Galway Review; Poethead and The Evening Echo.

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.