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Geraldine Mitchell

Geraldine Mitchell lives near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. She was born in Dublin and lived in France, Algeria and Spain for many years before returning to Ireland. Her work has been widely published in journals and in the Oxfam 2009 calendar. She won first prize for poetry in the Amergin 2007 Creative Writing Awards and was the winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008. Earlier publications include two novels for young people and a biography. She has been writing poetry since her move to Mayo in 2000.

 

 

 

Funeral

 

 

The prayers ended in a scattering of words,

potatoes spilled on a wooden floor.

 

In my silence I felt absence,

a single stone in a cleft tree.

 

The prayers ended in a scattering, I walked

right as they turned left. My feet unheard.

 

©2009 Geraldine Mitchell

 

 

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'Waiting Room', Mitchell poem in the Tribune

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