Geraldine O'Kane

Feather Boy

Geraldine O'Kane

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I have come to think of him as a feather, long stalking body; still warm with baby fuzz, a lick 

of blonde hair. I sat with him, shared bacon from his plate in the supermarket, was his only 

friend. You met this scene with disgust. Made no shape of understanding, that a small act of 

kindness, can hold the world still for a moment. So much of our lives are scarred by routine,

one action leading to another, and the same with inaction. I stayed silent and stubborn, long 

enough for my hair to grow, for your children to turn into parents, for new species of birds to 

become native to our Ireland, for oceans to be overcome with microplastics. What did our 

silence change? Did the world halt when I reached my hand out to you? Maybe not the whole 

world but briefly the worlds we created for ourselves felt a shift in energy as our hands 

ventured to touch again.

Breath reciprocates to need

Focus, focus - in life -

be breath.

Geraldine O'Kane

Geraldine O’Kane is a poet, creative writing facilitator, and mental health advocate. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, journals and zines in Ireland, the UK and the US. She is currently shortlisted for the 2019 Cúirt Festival  / Over The Edge showcase reading, and appeared in the Arlen House 2018 Anthology 'Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry'. She is editor of Panning for Poems an online and in print micro poetry journal.

Geraldine is co-host of Purely Poetry a monthly poetry open mic night run in partnership with the Crescent Arts Centre. She gave a Talk for TEDx Belfast in 2015 and read at the Poems Upstairs Series in association with Poetry Ireland 2016. She was a recipient of the Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) 2015/16 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her debut full collection is due in June 2020 from Salmon Poetry.