Colin Hassard

After the Bagels

Colin Hassard

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She didn’t speak until after the bagels,
  The morning after a night where we lay back-to-back,
    As I swirled apologies in my mouth
      Yet swallowed when I heard her heavy breaths.

She didn’t speak until after the bagels,
  The second morning after the wind lashed the frame
    Of a cowering megalopolis lit by headlights, candles, and flash bulbs
      Aimed at kitties in window cages; their eyes locked on the gulls.

She didn’t speak until after the bagels,
  The third morning after the rain marched across Manhattan,
    Tinkling the gutter like chimes of Ireland and rousing the vintage
     Shop proprietor to defy the sky along with narrative logic.

She didn’t speak until after the bagels,
  The fourth morning after the hurricane hid the skyline
    And plonked us in rum and ginger beer, nursing Ivan’s nostalgic heart,
     Unaware that Eros had taken grievance against us.

She didn’t speak until after the bagels,
  The fifth morning after the night of the stacked dishes of meat,
    On the day she gripped romance in the engraved locks of the Brooklyn Bridge,
      And I now share my secrets more than I share these memories.

She didn’t speak until after the bagels,
  The morning after a night where we slept back-to-back,
    As I swirled apologies in my mouth
     Yet swallowed when I heard her heavy breaths
       (Then turned in the bed to watch her
                                              glow in the dark).


Colin Hassard


Colin Hassard is a poet, performer and musician from Banbridge, Co. Down. He has twice represented Ulster at the All-Ireland Poetry Slam Final and been poetry champion of the Belfast Book Festival, Belfast Culture Night, and the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival.

Following on from high profile support slots to John Cooper Clarke and Hollie McNish amongst many others, Colin is toured his first solo show Quantum of Sonnets in 2014. His work has been performed on national radio and published in Ulla's Nib, Speech Therapy, Original Zeitgeist and two Community Arts Partnership anthologies.

In 2014, Colin's band Dirty Words released their debut single Wake Up which was a BBC Radio Ulster 'Track of the Day'. Colin works for Sunflowerfest as the manager of the Moot Stage which focuses on promoting the best in local poetry, comedy, story-telling and music.



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