Everything including This Room Is A Future Ruin

Martina Evans

And when the wind is finished 
with us, the rain starts. 
I think it will never 

stop – worried 
by cracks in the wall and 
the lump of dislodged lead 

that is directing
the rain down into the brick 
so that a tobacco coloured 

liquid drips down 
the inside of the window 
and some strange yellow 

cauliflowers are growing 
inside the kitchen walls. 
In 1999 I slept high 

in the bird’s nest 
Marcel and Alice were 
kittens and the night after

I took up the fragmenting 
1970s carpets, their paws 
thundered on the floorboards 

frightening me. Now 
2014, I’ve gone to ground 
like a badger in the basement

to be close to the garden, my 
last great love and the sounds 
have changed as the cats jump 

from table to floor over
my head and pass in and 
out the flap a dozen times. 
I hold my heart again. 
Donny growls low 
in his ginger belly and I see 

the fox so close,
his brown-fawn face 
like a friend’s and it is hard 

to see him run from us, 
his bare rump –
something’s made his fur fall 

out and he runs up the spiral 
staircase and I run to the backdoor.
I want to welcome him

but he is on the fence and 
then Martin’s galvanized roof 
and gone.

Page 73, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117
Issue 117

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Issue 117 includes new poems from over twenty five poets from Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere, along with three new poems by Michael Longley, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary poets. The issue features reviews of more than twenty new poetry collections, including books by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Claudia Rankine, Louise Gluck, Eavan Boland, Dennis O’Driscoll and Dermot Healy. Interviews include a feature on photographer, Seamus Murphy, about collaborating with musician and poet PJ Harvey and poet Eliza Griswold on separate publications, as well as an interview with Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis by Colette Bryce. Colour plates include photography by Seamus Murphy and artwork by Niamh Flanagan.