Sean Walsh

I live in Dublin, Ireland. Sometimes. Most times I live in my head, quite unaware of my surroundings – if you know what I mean… If you succeed in tracking Sean Walsh, please let me know, ok? I've been searching for him for years…

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Published on Friday 20th December 2013 by Sean Walsh

I lived a lot in my head, as a lad.

Like, I was the last in the –

brothers and sisters well ahead of me.

They were stretching their wings

while I was still in the nest –

if y’know what I mean…

 

I didn’t know them. Not really…

And my Dad was away a lot and my mother

working the pub, trying to make ends meet.

So I – I turned into a world of me own…

 

Well, like, you won’t believe this

but I used to write letters.

To, to the Little Flower. God’s truth…

Saint Teresa of, of Lisieux.

 

Nearly every night. Two, three pages.

With the fountain pen I got for Christmas.

No matter how cold it was in that bedroom.

And I’d leave them folded under her statue

on the tallboy before I’d get under the blankets…

 

God only knows what became of them.

Dumped, I suppose, like a lot of other stuff

when the family home was sold off…

 

And there’s a thing: whenever I go into a Church now

she’s nearly always there to one side or another,

standing with the bunch of roses,

looking at me…

 

And I think, maybe, she might just get me into Heaven

by a side door when – when the time comes… 

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