Circle and Square – Edited by Eileen Casey
(In memory of all road accident victims,
their friends and families & dedicated to the emergency services).
I am broken.
So much rain,
for days it falls
like so many tears in my heart.
Is it the same for you?
Coffee is cold,
the hard boiled egg sits in its cup,
toast popped long ago,
the bed – a mess – still unmade,
nobody reads the newspaper.
Sometimes I see you – glimmers,
not at that place you were taken
when you journeyed between us,
not dead, or half living behind stilled eyes,
no – you’re smiling that smile,
the days rewind,
and we’re back to life,
we give our missed kisses,
the ambulance crews don’t rush to find you –
your pulse in my chest,
you come back to me,
we never leave the house again,
no rushing to the emergency room,
the police don’t reach for sad courage,
there’s no funeral faces.
Everything is as it was before,
I hear your keys in the front door,
you’re calling my name,
yelling ‘I’m home’
and we’re happy once more.
I disappear quietly
in the dead of night,
travel those same killer roads
just to hold you.
Michael J. Whelan
RTA – Road Traffic Accident
Re- published in ‘Circle and Square,’edited by Eileen Casey, with poetry, prose and fiction inspired by ‘shopping centre‘ from members of Platform One Writers and guest writers Mia Gallagher, Ferdia Mac Anna, Dermot Bolger, Kevin Power, Paula Meehan, Geraldine Mills, Mary Guckian and Martin Dyar
It will be launched as part of the RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL 2015 in October.