Another Morning. A poem by Michael Durack

A horizontal arm-wrestle with a cryptic crossword,
a no-holds-barred with fiendish sudoku,
a fifty-page paperback ride over American plains
on the trail of Seventh Cavalry and Oglala Sioux.
Then downstairs to give hell to the cross-trainer,
earphones shuffling a random Spotify metre
of Super Trouper, Ruby Love or Sultans of Swing;
2 km/2 metre pedestrians passing the window
on their out of doors treadmill, going everywhere,
nowhere; the western horizon a blue canvas dabbed
with wads of cotton wool and the curvature
of those Slieve Bernagh humpbacks – Cragg,
Feenlea, Moylussa, Ballykildea.

The cross-trainer takes its toll on aching arms and legs
flat out, running to stand still, getting no place fast.
I count to ten again, talk to myself, talk to the walls.
The earphones seem to read my thoughts; they slow
everything down, conjure a reflective Glen Campbell
and Jimmy Webb to ask aloud If these old walls could speak?

MICHAEL DURACK Michael Durack lives in Tipperary, Ireland. His work features in journals such as The Blue Nib, Skylight 47 and Poetry Ireland Review. Publications include a memoir, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a collection, Where It Began ( Revival, 2017.) A second collection, Flip Sides, is forthcoming from Revival Press.

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  1. Lovely poem

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