Poem Street Game for the Over 15s
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.