MY MOTHER’S LOVER
My mother demonstrated how they worked,
Until Stein arrived,
‘You have no idea how angry your father was.’
And so the Dutch man came, with flowers
The invalid toilet seat vanished.
First published in The Moth Issue 19 Winter 2014/2015 Ed, Rebecca O’ Connor
BACK UP QUICK, THEY’RE HIPPIES
Through the car window,
and the babies themselves
I reached for the handle, ready, almost,
Back home in the Dandelion market
Barefoot, on common grass, I lay down with kin.
Published in POETRY March 2018, Ed, Don Share
DEVOTION Birds on a prayer tree descend to the feeder you have filled the same way you put daffodils in our rooms. Comfort when we gather each morning. Moments in meditation before we open our eyes, speak offer dreams like gold from silted rivers. Then we part each one to a separate room pen story until the evening when we return like strands of a plait, across, under, over, blonde, black, brown. In your house below Sliabh na mBan we three in retreat, worship returned to the creative act.
A SHOW ON THE ROAD
Five year old me in the back seat, sulking.
But she jitters about, wants a drink, wants to pee.
I drive towards the balloon,
She takes another swig of coffee laced with vodka.
On we go and the balloon rises, arcs slowly stage left.
The child opens the black book, holds up the poem.
I put on my sunglasses and take them off again.
I check out my hair in the mirror.
I drive on. The balloon. The little theatre.
from The Little Theatre poetry chapbook funded by Artlinks
EATING THE SALMON
How carelessly I cooked it
Called forth by the wisdom in the other
First broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany, Producer, Sarah Binchy
Devotion and other poems are © Lani O’Hanlon
From a theatrical family, Lani O’ Hanlon is an experienced group facilitator, dance and movement artist/therapist, author of Dancing the Rainbow, Holistic Well-Being through Movement (Mercier Press 2007) She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, studied fiction with The Stinging Fly and received a travel and training award in 2017 from the National Arts Council to complete a first novel set in Ireland and Greece.
Her first poetry chapbook, The Little Theatre was funded by Artlinks and she has been awarded literary mentoring and bursaries from Waterford City and County Arts Office. Her writing has been published; in POETRY, Poetry Ireland Review, Mslexia, The Irish Times, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Skylight Poets, Solas Nua, the Anthologies; Small Lives (Poddle) Halleluiah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe) and is regularly broadcast on national radio – RTE’s Sunday Miscellany – her fiction has been shortlisted or won award including The Hennessey New Irish Writing, The William Allingham Award and Over the Edge. Her poetry has won, been highly commended and/or shortlisted for FISH, Mslexia, DiBiase, Poetry on the Lake, Dromineer, Brewery Lane and the Bridport Poetry Prize.