Poetry from Iona Murphy: Address to the Last Sunday Haggis (in Fevers of the Mind Anthology)

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Address to the Last Sunday Haggis

The only day I notice during lockdown
is Sunday, a day for eagerly waiting
for a table full of dinner and pudding
and chat with Granny.

The clock strikes five, I expect to hear Granny
come through the door. Take off her hat and tartan scarf
put on her purple slippers, cup of tea in her
special grandma mug.

I expect to talk until half past five when
mum brings through a hearty meal to feed us all
we gather round the table as a family
and play dominoes.

The emptiness on the sofa as Sunday
rolls around with no race against my sister
four fifty five, running, screaming, down the stairs
to get the good seat.

The wine glasses stay in the highest cupboard.
half empty bottle of Rosé in the fridge
won't be drunk this Sunday or next, souring
as the weeks go by.

The last meal we ate together was haggis,
We tried to have it again last Sunday but
without her here it feels wrong. We send her down
some haggis for tea.

Eating the same meal in two different homes
head of the table remains unoccupied.
I take the knives and forks through. One-two-three-four-five.
Put the fifth back.

Maybe next Sunday. Or the Sunday after.
Crossing off each Sunday on my calendar
as they pass by, marking the days till Sunday
dinner has you there.



Bio from 2020:
Iona Murphy is a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield, exploring the works of Sylvia Plath and Frieda Hughes. She has writing published with Nightingale & Sparrow, Capsule Stories, Little Death Lit, Black Bough, Teen Belle, 3 Moon, Re-Side, The Fruit Tree, Fevers of the Mind, Forty-Two Books, The New Southern Fugatives, Ayaskala, Ang(st) Zine, The Failure Baler, and Brave Voices. 
Twitter @write_with_Iona  
Instagram: @ionasmurfy


By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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