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Poetry from Stanzas

Micro-fiction
By Tommy Collins

The widely-respected, well-established name
smiles and waves, basking in the polite applause
of a most appreciative audience
and then vacates the stage,
and the next one up begins to panic
wondering how he’s meant to follow that.
He’s suddenly insignificant, insufficient,
immature despite his years,
still seeking something
that would set him apart,

fashioning some sense of identity,
fabricating a performer’s persona,
picking some particular sign,
something peculiar, emblematic,
something to act as a surrogate muse,
something other than his eyes
upon which a watching crowd could focus,

the locus of his secret powers,
something he could hide behind
when he stands up to stumble over lines
or to subject these people to forced rhymes
from the spot-lights around the open mic,

some quirk to augment the over-all effect,
an illusion, some charm… Tada! Some magic
to add texture to his images,
to add colour to his personality,
perhaps a beret or a cocked hat, badges or pins,
a suit or some obnoxious sunglasses, some guise
among the generations of iconic bow-ties

that would make him feel at home on those nights when
his name is called among those of master-craftsmen.


Tommy Collins, 29, is a writer, teacher, artist, singer, Gaeilgeoir, and goalkeeper from Caherdavin. His poems tend to deal with love, loss, friendship, nature, sports, and poetry itself. His poetry in Irish and in English has been published in the White House Poetry Revival Journal, The Stony Thursday Book, UL’s Ogham Stone, Mary Immaculate College’s Scothsmaointe Gan Smál, and the August 2017 chapbook from Stanzas.

Stanzas is an event for writers to come together, share their work, and meet like-minded people. They run monthly in Hook and Ladder Cafe (Sarsfield Street). For more info on who they are, what they do and how you can get involved, see facebook.com/StanzasLCK or www.stanzas.ie

 

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