Colin Dardis

After the Party

Colin Dardis

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a chrome-spun balloon

stunned by a hedgerow

caught on brier hands

still holding onto

borrowed breath between

foliole and knickers

once fastened to a letterbox

so townies can find

the right house, now flown

this party balloon

in the shape of a 'f':

perhaps fifty, perhaps firm

perhaps fixed beside

a thorn, threatening

to collapse against the wind

witches’ knickers: a rural phrase for torn plastic caught in trees and shrubs

Colin Dardis

Colin Dardis is a neurodivergent poet, editor and sound artist from Northern Ireland. His work, largely influenced by his experiences with depression and Asperger's, has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA. His latest book is Apocrypha: Collected Early Poems (Cyberwit, 2022). His latest album is Funerealism (Inner Demons Records, 2022).

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