Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Tears of the Devil (Are Tears Of Laughter)

The devil is in the detail

The devil is in the clouds

Hidden there for centuries

We find him grinning now.

When we least imagine him

We see his face for real

For when we stop believing

The devil reappears.

The sky fills with his laughter

Bitter to our ears

The rain is slowly turning

Into the devil’s tears.

©  Helena Nolan

Devil's face revealed in Giotto fresco in Italy
Helena's work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines including; The Stinging Fly, The Moth, and the Spoken Ink audio website. She is this year's winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award.