Brian Kirk


Brian Kirk

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It looked so easy on the face of it.

Pick eight home wins, four draws

or four aways (but these would pay out less).

He always went for eight score draws

chosen from the four divisions,

the Treble Chance: a maximum

of twenty four points to be scored.

Week in week out he made his exes

on the coupon, paid his cash –

why wouldn’t he when Cyril Grimes

from Hampshire won half a million

only weeks before?

Good money after bad, that’s what

we thought, but every Saturday the

teleprinter hypnotised us as we watched

in hope until the classified results

announced our disappointment

with a falling cadence.

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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