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Michael Pattwell photoMichael Pattwell was born in Clonakilty, Co. Cork and now lives in Ballinhassig. He has worked as a bakery worker, Customs Officer and a Court Clerk, businessman and a lorry driver. He took up the study of law as a mature student in 1971. He qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and ran his own practise in his hometown. He was appointed a judge of the District Court in 1990 and retired in June, 2011. He was regarded as a straight-talking, no-nonsense judge who brought his varied life experiences into his judgments—just as he does with his poems. He has been writing regularly for about twenty years. He recently published his first collection, Flaghopping. He has a large family, including grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Captivity

The Goldfinch Laments

 

 

My Midas wings,

from sunbeams spun,

are never stretched in flight.

 

I see the trees

from my silver cage

but cannot reach their height.

 

The whispering leaves

of the oak and ash

no more in me confide.

 

I never bathe

in the tumbling brook

flowing down the mountain side.

 

My morning song

I sing aloud

but never hear reply.

 

I long to flit

among thistle heads

beneath the summer sky.

 

No raindrops wash

my sunset face

when winter storms rage.

 

A captive I,

since I heard the snap

of the dreadful trip-rigged cage.

 

 

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