Winner of the Erbacce Prize for Poetry 2015
Poems have appeared in Harbinger Asylum, Yellow Chair Review, The Journal, A New Ulster, Roundyhouse, The Seventh Quarry, Apogee Magazine, The Dawntreader, Jawline Review.
The Girl With Blue Wristbands
She ate chips in the dark
hiding from that bubble,
light glides in the shadowed
patches; as she waits.
At night her façade breaks
make-up running deep,
that once ever so confident girl
slides up her blue wristbands;
Each slice a voice breaking on the shorelines
with each cut her inner struggle is mapped
from back head of knuckles
into pale blue veins.
When daylight shows the morning crest
those blue wristbands
linger of washed fragrance
No glimpse of blood her scars imprisoned
only in the room
that the girl with the blue wristbands
feels most alive.
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