Writers’ Workshop

            Dave: cartwheeled with his motorbike
            Into seven weeks intensive care
            And remembers his coma dream
            Of a closed coffin, on the glass lid
            Clay fists staccato hammering while
            He’s inside, a silent scream.

            Barry: writes nothing at first,
            Refuses the pen of disability,
            Instead goes back twenty years
            To light welling on a marble floor
            In Italy: his once upon a time
            And only childhood holiday.

            Harry: wheels over for a look,
            Loudly remembers his girl who
            “Just fucked off but,” into the
            Shuffling silence, “that’s women
            For you – only one thing that they’re
           After!” our laughter pours gratefully.

            Derek: a playground where howling
            Kids yell crucify the cripple and him
            Arms laced through bars hanging
            On a roundabout that spun faster
            Faster until hear feel see remembers
            Puking as I staggered home but
            Never told our mam cos she’d not
            Let me go out again would have
            Been worse do you see?




Kevin Patrick McCann
Illustration Nick Victor

From Still Pondering   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Still-Pondering-Kevin-Patrick-McCann/dp/1788768671/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Patrick+McCann+Still+Pondering&qid=1573366856&sr=8-1


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