HerBody,TheHour­glass

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - HENNESSY NEW IRISH - RUTH QUIN­LAN

A means to mea­sure time by the re­lease of an un­fer­tilised ovum, a grain of sand that chron­i­cles an­other bar­ren 28 days in the spread of red through white un­der­wear. She can­not stop the slick monthly slid­ing, en­dures the flush­ing of an­other womb lin­ing, watches it spi­ral to­wards the sea, imag­in­ing ragged scraps of her­self swal­lowed, scar­let upon the pale tongues of fish. She records the bloody re­minders of fail­ure, tries not to think How many left?, to be san­guine about her own exsan­guina­tion un­til the day when the grains of sand run out and she can­not turn the hour­glass up­side-down.

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