A poem for the day – Radio Ulster News

On the persistence of bad news…

Radio Ulster News

I was leaving no stone unturned in my granny’s bedroom,
in search of the savings the old cow had salted away

against the expense of her Co-op pauper’s funeral,
when the radio said that the body dragged from the dam

and decayed almost beyond identification
was that of my brother, unheard-from these past three years,

since his card had been marked and he’d had his marching orders
from my father-in-law, his wife, and the rest of the boys.

Author of four collections of poetry, the most recent, The resurrection of the Body at Killysuggen, published in June 2011 by Belfast’s Lagan Press. He blogs about his latest book on www.killysuggen.wordpress.com.