When I was walking down Manor Street in Stoneybatter, one evening, my eye caught the glimpse of a sun-ray crack an alleyway, ricochet from window to window flooding the street bright and
Burst into a thousand pieces:
Fiery bright tiny sparks of me flew this way and that
Cars drove, horses clip-clopped, mams pushed prams, browny-red crooked buildings held each other up, hugging each other like old friends, bar-flies danced out of jazz joints, mentallers asked you to buy their lunch as the gold light touched them, softened them, baptized them, the light spilt like golden whiskey onto the cobbled streets and onto the decrepit walls of bashful drooping buildings- like an old spinster longing to be touched, a wonky tune injected with grace, the ‘Batter laughed and strutted like an aul one at your wedding- always dancing out of step and wheezing with glee and alco breath and a clip round your ear to warn you not to take it all so serious as she strode away on horse-back into the sunset- with her Tesco shopping- God shone His torch on the dirty nook and the ‘Batter smiled back a toothless grin and wiggled her saggy hips and did the conga in the warmth of the rays, rays like tendrils reaching touching caressing the dirty old street soothing the tired broken brown bricks that bent into barely-there houses homes shops bars bursting with mad yolks on too much gin and it was always grey brown red and dark blue in the ‘Batter except for the rays of gold that crept stealthily silently through the crazy-horse madness to whisper to the ‘Batter into her bent back ear that she was
I’m still on the path exploding, bursting with light I cannot contain
I can’t hold beauty!
Beauty shatters my bones
My name is Maureen O' Connell but everyone calls me "Mo". I'm an Irish actress. I write and make films also. I am the author of all poetry and creative writing on this blog and the copyright of which is owned by me- unless otherwise stated. I've just graduated with a BA from the 3 year Acting Course at RADA, London. Have a gander round the website at your leisure! Cheers, Mo