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“The Aunties” and other poems by Josephine Corcoran

Honeymoon   I wouldn’t call it a honeymoon, those muffled nights in mothballed rooms. With cake in the boot we pilgrimmed north, taking a young marriage to old widows,   my father’s brothers dead, their crucifixes still hanging. In each house we were given the double bed, my aunties inviting us to fornicate   on concave mattresses holding dead men’s seed. Had we come one week before, you would have been given nothing but dusty blankets on a downstairs floor,   and I would have sunk, alone and deep, into the mildewed sponge of a cousin’s bed. My aunties would have spread as wide as angels in their marital sheets,   their doors ajar, the solemn whispers of their night-time prayers beating as sweet as deathbed love-making. But our wedding vows were said,   so we sipped tea on upright chairs still dimpled from Brylcreemed heads, and rolled like screws in sideways jars on shelves in locked-up sheds.      Seven years, one son, one daughter later, Jesus has been sent to us. (The aunts …