All posts tagged: Jessamine O’Connor

“Distancing” and other poems by Jessamine O’Connor

  Meet me for coffee Not a cup of tea, a pint or just ‘meet me’ because I want to wait awkward at a counter beside you with the steam spluttering, the espresso machine knocking and our overdressed elbows almost touching. I want to sit opposite you at a small table that can never be small enough, absorbing the heat of your hidden knees and then eyes when I catch you watching me lick the froth off my lips. I want us to be both fiddling with our round white cups, thumbing the holes that make the handles, intense with conversation while idling our fingers around and around those curves. I want to be alone with you in a clamorous place where no one will notice what’s not being said, that’s why I say safely, meet me for coffee, instead of suggesting something else. Winner of the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café competition 2017 Limbo You visit my room, punctually as if it’s an appointment and I’m never quite ready after waiting for days. Time isn’t …

“Snowbird” and other poems by Jessamine O’Connor

Snowbird after Mary Noonan’s house   If I had known, I would have said goodbye years before.   Not at the artificial grass graveside or the airtight TV room where you all sat like stuffed animals, but at your table, over the paintbrushes,   or on the coral strand, between sandwiches, between swims, where I wallowed in the shallows and admired your distant bobbing head trawling the horizon,   long before the vaporous woman seeped into you, every year swelling, squeezing more and more out, until there was only an occasional glint, or a short sharp smile.   There, up the powdery path, against your redbrick wall, when you unclipped and lifted me from your daughter’s bike and held me high over your face, naming me Snowbird.   It should have been then. If I had known, it would have been then.   To The Oxford University Press   regarding the updated Junior Dictionary   You’ve taken the world around us away, surrendered it all for a virtual world.   A dictionary teaching children that …