Finally, in a blank silence, leaving in a stalemate
hypocritically eating in an untitled way,
shutting down production, burning records
dying while clean, shouting the odds
a residual home failing even the burning.
Acknowledgement through annoyance, unheard silence
being truthful to type, invading space
favoured tirades perhaps, disciplines favour
these abuses catching on intended titles
breaking noise like a badly-written part.
Some overnight failure, being fit to work
threatening death over a postal slight
writing improved images, worshiping cheek,
pages missing from the same record, obliterated
growing ever detrimental to fear of discipline.
Tipping-off camaraderie, noses being clean
suspended animation looking out at hardship
dissonant background the key to salvation
inspired by difficulty in a distant life
righteous tracks beleaguered with a grand slight.
Gifted with a layer of residual mediocrity
cooking through a stamped, addressed grunt
waiting on talent to deliver the goods
moved through duress, facing like flint
the same money transacted through the unacceptable.
Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland. To date, she has published one novel, titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014, and has published one collection of poetry, titled Continuity Errors, with Lapwing Publications in 2010. She has since been published in a variety of print and online journals. These include: The Lake; Seventh Quarry Press; Marble Journal; New Binary Press; Stanzas; Crossways; Ygdrasil; Seventh Quarry; The Fractured Nuance; Revival Magazine; Ink Sweat and Tears; Drunk Monkeys; Hesterglock Press; Linnet’s Wing, Narrator International, The Galway Review; Poethead and The Evening Echo.