saoirse

at the beginning of time there was a girl
in a melamine bowl
she had no family, no friends
and was on the dole
she was sat there in a corn flake swirl
a milky, sugared doll
her belongings were mere odds and ends
oh, what a poor little soul!

her name was saoirse
though people hardly remembered
yearning between dearth and plenty
buried under stone in the garden of rasure

at noonday’s predoom was a woman cold
in a gumball machine
for the merriment of boozers
in a stinky shebeen
she would shiver nude and candy bold
a pert and tart cuisine
a laughing stock even for losers
oh, buy her a tall glass of poteen!

her name was saoirse
though people hardly remembered
yearning between dearth and plenty
buried under stone in the garden of rasure

at the end of all things there was a crone
in a bottle discarded
fighting her battles all over again
in weakness, unguarded
she inhaled a black wind through her bones
and all she’d once regarded
her last sigh was for the land of cockaigne
where life is ample tabled and lardered

her name was saoirse
though people hardly remembered
yearning between dearth and plenty
buried under stone in the garden of rasure

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2020

34 thoughts on “saoirse

  1. WOW what a way with words, I seriously thought you were reflecting on my situation until I saw the name, its a hard road that’s for sure, especially with no family, but I found when I made a commitment to find a positive in every negative situation, and made this my life purpose its got a little easier. Keep up the GREAT WORK… I have to work out how to follow you now, I am new to this platform. Please bare with me.

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  2. I find myself here re-reading this often, every time I do its eloquent storytelling brings me into the world of the poem as if I am watching her life. Its beautifully poignant and stirring. Thankful to have come across this piece as I continue to read more in this blog!

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  3. I finally got a chance to read this and I have to say it was worth the wait. There was something quite serene about this poem, despite the tragedy of people failing to remember the lovely name of ‘Saoirse’. Hands down my fav of your poems I have read so far. How can I support you? This poem has convinced me that I want to read more from you.

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