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number 62

P O E T R Y
by Marian Kilcoyne

Collateral Damage

- i. m. Rosemary Garvey, d. August 17th, 2011

August-bitter morning coffee
slops over wrist, legs and feet,
at the sudden ballistic whack of
a bird on glass.

Pain elapsed and tigering to where it lies on
cool stone, I am beaten by a year old pup
whose mouth is soft for pheasant.

She holds the thrush smoothly,
eyes me gamely, while I hush staccato
breaths: we both know the score.

Straining every muscle I pounce,
forcing her jaw in a flick-knife
second: warm bird, neck broken
pillows to the ground.

Speckled feathers sweet head,
were no matches for sheet glass illusion,
the marvel of avian construct sabotaged
by its own strange delicacy.



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Killadoon
County Mayo
Republic of Ireland
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