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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Ideal Preparation For Life

To sleep away a childhood
thumb in mouth, gaunt eyed;                    

to learn to look without seeing
because to let the images close in

like flies around a dry mouth
who sense the coming death,             

is to push infected fingers
into a clean lesion

or to cry into the haemorrhaging gap
and meet your own voice coming back.

© Deirdre Cartmill

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Deirdre Cartmill’s debut poetry collection Midnight Solo was published by Lagan Press in 2004 and her second collection The Return of the Buffalo will be published in 2012.


  1. A powerful expression of pain and brokenness. Your images add up to a growth of emotion. Loneliness throughout, but at least there is the act of an audible and echoed back voice at the end. Quite a sad reality that this is the way so many of us go in life.

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