Brian Kirk


Brian Kirk

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old paint tins

a rusted lawnmower

with clods of grass and earth

dried to its blades

weed killer and plant food in damp

half-open cardboard cartons

paint brushes

their bristles clogged

with brittle gloss

fold-up patio furniture

from a distant summer

when the weather was hot

old unused tools

some thinners

ancient paint-daubed rags

and half-used bags

of peat and compost 

two bikes

a trike

a tractor scarred and plastic

a bag of battered dolls

some bald some limbless

toothless football boots

yawning tennis rackets

board games


relics of a lifetime

cast aside

Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk is an award winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. He was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His first poetry collection After The Fall is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2017. His novel for 9 -12 year olds The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He is a member of the Hibernian Writers Group and he blogs at

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