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.
Eyes on the floor, an evolutionary craze,
strange creatures mill by and float,
praise through complications and the past sins,
one time occupation fixes a burning switch
fast flowing forms a disservice to occupation.
What is left to do but cast cold eyes?
Sardonic epitaphs bleating the covered grave,
living with dealers one grass too common,
all for the remaining burglaries notwithstanding
skimming through existence to a higher power.
Told about uselessness is a given order,
climbing evergreen trees a glorious shot,
asking for abuse in the wake of a bike ride,
sweets and flowing water but an earlier heaven,
posing for recognition and laid out to dry.
Watched through arrogant sentiment, as is done,
silly literature garnered from a proper class.
Retained for ever in the hope of enlightenment,
a scalded kitten running for its short life,
studiously glaring at and original slant.
Battling for the sound of the beep,
setting aside spike for the sake of the vehicular,
proper failure on the bus, exploring the verboten,
letting wrong stuff fall in in on your pretty little head
gratitude under orders an employment surmised.
© 2019 Patricia Walshe