On Catch 22

On Catch 22

in the kitchen

with the heating off,

reading a dull book

which I've been told

is quite good,

while the dog in the sitting room

pods about the sofa. she pulls

at cushions, drags the sleeve

of my coat, which I just dropped there

when I got in. careful

as a bird weaving branches, she makes herself

comfortable, goes to sleep.

out here, I lean on the chair,

put my arm up awkwardly. drink coffee. focus

on not doing that.


Diarmuid ó Maolalaí

A little about myself; I'm a graduate of English Literature from Trinity College in Dublin and recently returned there after four years abroad in the UK and Canada. I have been writing poetry and short fiction for the past five or six years with some success. My writing has appeared in such publications as 4'33', Strange Bounce and Bong is Bard, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Out of Ours, The Eunoia Review, Kerouac's Dog, More Said Than Done, Star Tips, Myths Magazine, Ariadne's Thread, The Belleville Park Pages, Killing the Angel and Unrorean Broadsheet, by whom I was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I have also had my work published in two collections; 'Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden' and 'Sad Havoc Among the Birds'

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