‘When You Are Old’ by Kevin Higgins

When You Are Old

after William Butler Yeats

When you are old and bald and full of crap
and sitting there in threadbare rags,
reach across to your old bookcase
for a dusty old copy of a girlie mag.

Fondle it, then, a little sadly
in your withered veiny hands.
If you can manage to pull the pages apart,
take one last glad glance at a naked tart.

Remember how once you could get it up,
before your pecker just shrivelled up.


kevin-author-photo-december-2013-1Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway City. He has published four collections of poems: Kevin’s most recent collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, was launched at this year’s Cúirt Festival by Mick Wallace TD. His poems also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and one of his poems is included in the anthology The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014). His poetry was recently the subject of a paper titled ‘The Case of Kevin Higgins: Or The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire’ given by David Wheatley at a symposium on satire at the University of Aberdeen; David Wheatley’s paper can be read in full here http://georgiasam.blogspot.ie/2014/05/the-case-of-kevin-higgins-or-present.html . Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews, was published by Salmon in April, 2012. Kevin’s blog is http://mentioningthewar.blogspot.ie/ . and has been described by Dave Lordan as “one of the funniest around” who has also called Kevin “Ireland’s sharpest satirist.”
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