Poem Street Game for the Over 15s

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BOOKS -

Take a broad and empty face, Insert a pair of art­ful eyes, High in cun­ning, short on shame, Mean mouth, loose lips.

Re­move the nor­mal hu­man mind, Sub­sti­tute a swollen self, Over­sized but in­com­plete:

Bluntsub­nor­mal, neatly dressed. *

Form a cir­cle, Throw the hatchet. Run for cover

If he catch it.

Hide and seek.

Close your eyes And say your prayers. Bare your necks And start count­ing.

Thomas Kin­sella: Born 1928. Child­hood, with street games, in Inchicore.

Ca­reer in Ir­ish Civil Ser­vice and universiti­es in United States. In retirement in Boot­er­stown.

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