photo by james barros
John Saunders is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers' Group. His collections are After the Accident (Lapwing Press, 2010) and Chance (New Binary Press, 2013). One of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012, he was shortlisted in the 2012 inaugural Desmond O'Grady Poetry Competition and is a 2014 Pushcart Nominee. John's poems have appeared in journals in Ireland, the UK and America, on many online sites, and been included in The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry, The Stony Thursday Book, The Scaldy Detail 2013, Conversations with a Christmas Bulb (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2013), The Poetry of Sex, (Penguin, 2014), Fatherhood Anthology (Emma Press UK, 2014), and The Fate of Berryman Anthology (Arlen House, 2014).
Twenty One Addresses
Threatening form of bold type and delineated boxes,
collage of bureaucratic paternal oversight
where misdemeanours may be revealed
and the eye of the law winks lazily at you
as if to say we'll get you, it's only a matter of time.
Twenty one addresses in fifty years gives
a nomadic adventure to the vetting application,
hauls me over the spiked rails of each location
where hurt knocked on every open door
and guilt spelt out my post code.
I feel the cold breath of paranoia on my hand
as I confess milestones of my journey from birthplace
to now, that seek to uncover the unchecked wrongs
the given commissions and omissions of crime,
the short change of deprivation, the hustled clamouring.
Will Lucy Browne squeal on me or the Walker twins
break their self-imposed amnesty of silence?
And will love which fragranced these places
stand up in my defence of culpable negligence
of those who deserved better and received less.