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eEamon McGuinness is from Dublin. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Boyne Berries, Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, and elsewhere. In 2017, he was featured on the Poetry Jukebox in Belfast and shortlisted for the Strokestown International Poetry Prize. He holds an M.A in Creative Writing from U.C.D. His debut collection is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.

 

 

 

 

Paris

 

 

I never minded getting stuck in: tackles, nappies, ashtrays, weeds.

Never minded the grit and dirt beneath the nails.

I skipped the museum, went to the protest instead.

The suburbs full of hooded youths.

So I left my camera and hooded up.

On the bus, I looked at art on my phone - jpgs, perfect miniatures.

No queues or babbling babies, no tourists taking sly snaps of the masterpieces.

I was with the natives - kicking rubbish, shouting obscenities.

Following the syllables and intonations.

I stayed at the back, near the sides.

When the police charged forward and the press closed in,

I slipped into a back lane, found a quiet bar to plan my next trip.

My screensaver is the Mona Lisa.

When people ask if I saw her, I say yes, it's not worth it.

But if you do go, take extra clothing - a hoody.

In this city, at this time, you're never sure when you'll need to change.

 

 

©2018 Eamon McGuinness

 

 

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