Brown Trousers. A Poem by Christina Carty

Armageddon is happening Tuesday
Everything is perfectly in order
I’ve nine hundred rolls of toilet paper
And yet, I’m a long face in brown trousers
staring down at my eleventh mug of tea
is it the shadows that define, really?
I need colour: pink. Gold. Purple even.
and it’s not for some stranger’s grim pleasure
just for my own waking heart to treasure-
it needs to sing out like a little bird
Hold hands with its true nature once again
Living in broad strokes; shaking off dead skin
Yes, shadows fence, but Spring is a fairy
Roll in watercolour, kiss the prairie


Christina Carty is an Irish writer and poet living in London. She trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama, where she began writing. She co-created 30’ comedy ‘Filthy’ (which was nominated for the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award and subsequently picked up by DLT Entertainment). She also developed projects with What Larks! and Balloon Entertainment and collaborated on a web series and short ‘Milly & Clare’ which aired as part of sketch show The Purple Pigeon on MADE TV. Christina was invited to join the NT playwriting course, where she began creating ‘Sky diving’, a surreal musical comedy. Prior to that, she wrote The ‘Heart Shop ‘ (BAC Scratch Festival) ‘The Intern’ (workshopped at Southbank Centre) and ‘Accidents’ (Queens Theatre New Writing Festival). She was recently awarded a scholarship by the Irish Arts Council to edit her first novel, ‘The Woman down Savage Lane’ and is developing TV pilots: ‘Vernons’ and ‘Laura Comes Home’. She was the lead in IFTA nominated adaptation of Lady Windermere’s Fan, ‘Belonging to Laura’ and played Virginia Woolf in ‘Downton Abbey’.

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