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Valerie Sirr

Valerie Sirr’s poem ‘hartstown haiku’ is published in the anthology I Live in Michael Hartnett from Revival Press. Her poem ‘Bridge’ was shortlisted for Poetry Lostock’s (UK) award, published in their anthology Afterwards. Her poem 'The End' is upcoming in a themed 'love' anthology by Revival Press Imprint for the Limerick Writers' Centre. Awards include Hennessy New Irish Writer Award, literature bursaries from Arts Council of Ireland, Poetry Ireland and South Dublin County Council and other national and international awards. See www.valeriesirr.wordpress.com


 

 

 

 

The Creases in John McCormack's Shoes

 

They said LASEK was magic

your straining myopic eyes, miraculously

cured. But first you would be blind

for three days.

 

You went with your wife to

the Ivy Gardens.

Your four-year-old steered

you by the hand. You were a stumbling

giant. You keeled over

near the surging fountain.

 

She led you past mown lawns to the

statue of John McCormack. ‘He’s singing,’

she said. You got down in the nostalgic

grass. You hammed it up when you sang,

‘L-o-on-lee-I-wan-der-through-scenes-of

 

my-chi-i-ild-hood.’

She said, ‘It’s okay, Daddy, soon

you’ll be able to see.

You listened to her. You saw

the soles of your giant’s feet melting

in the early morning sun. You saw

railing shadows on the concrete path

 

gates to a secret world that vanished

in a cloudy spell. You saw

your sunglasses winking at her. You saw

happy ants carrying biscuit crumbs to a tea party

 

and the creases in John Mc Cormack’s shoes

from his walks through the streets at night.

 

 

©2013 Valerie Sirr

 

 

Author Links

 

Short story, 'Balan' in Long Story, Short literary journal

Prize winning flash piece 'The Bridge' in The New Writer Issue 111, Summer 2012 Collection,
version available as poem in Afterwards.

Flash fiction piece 'Robbed' in the Irish Times, also available on National Flash Fiction Day UK

 

 

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