This exhausted factory, a comfort still abiding,
The mantra of imperfection still holding sway
Limited liability, sick pay, reasonable massacre
Alternate homes going through the findback.
The warm deluge cost no one ever,
The stolid advertisement pervades at wil
Lolling in the shadow of depth of field
Not a single convenience clutching at straws.
No prizes for feeling rotten, explaining the same
Laughable concerns descend with the script
Descending like wildfire on another given day
Must become transgressible, failing like some.
Feeling worse than a photograph, attachment gone
The inclusion on the desired somewhat discarded
The infinite stroke of luck reverberates quietly
Affianced to recognise a starker time.
This show of strength, surely breaking the law
Credit where abbreviated, open like the wound
The charitable format goes like its ancestor
Rotted percentage of a formidable hour.
Comfortably cooked, swearing on its expertise,
Biological poverty scaling the carpeted window
All being fine, slighting the best of trajectories
Varying on the same, a heart demised.
Patricia Walsh was born in the parish of MourneabbeyMourneabbey, in north Co Cork,and educated at University College Cork, graduating with an MA in Archaeology. Her poetry has been published in Stony Thursday; Southword; Narrator International; Trouvaille Review; Strukturrus; Seventh Quarry; Vox Galvia; The Quarryman; Brickplight, The Literatus, and Otherwise Engaged. She has already published a chapbook, titled Continuity Errors in 2010, and a novel, The Quest for Lost Éire, in 2014. A second collection of poetry, titled Citizens Arrest, was published online by Libretto in 2020. A further collection of poetry, titled Outstanding Balance, is scheduled for publication in early 2021. She was the featured poet in the inaugural edition of Fishbowl Magazine, and is a regular attendee at the O Bheal poetry night in Cork city.