Deirdre Cartmill

Maybe Tomorrow

Deirdre Cartmill

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I’ve just seen God on his day off,
tramping alone along the tow path,
swinging a black transistor radio.

I said hello but he just walked past,
pulled his grey polyester slacks
up past his ankles and stood on his toes

to sidestep a puddle, and I still don’t know
if he heard me or not as I called his name.

But maybe tomorrow he’ll sit for a while,
switch on the radio and sing with me,

and we’ll raise a glass to the heavens,
and when the words come easy
he’ll try to explain why he took you from me,

then he’ll carry me over to splash
through that puddle, and I’ll smile
as the cold sinks in. Tomorrow. Maybe.


Deirdre Cartmill


Deirdre Cartmill has published two poetry collections The Return of the Buffalo (Lagan Press, 2013) and Midnight Solo (Lagan Press, 2004). She received an Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme Award from the Arts Council in 2011 and spent a year affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University. She received Literature Awards from the Arts Council in 2012, 2008, 2003 and 2000. She’s previously been shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award and been a finalist in the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, magazines and journals. She holds an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Queen’s University. She’s been a Writer-in-Residence at the Belfast Book Festival 2011; An Creagan, Omagh; and MacNeice House, Belfast.


She’s also an award winning screenwriter and has written for film, television and radio. Her short film Two Little Boys was selected for the Belfast Film Festival 2013.