John Philip has responded to my poem 'Another Day on Patrick Street'. This has resulted in a number of pieces, two of which are on exhibition during April at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre and at the Cork School of Music in September- Home (2) - Pen, ink and watercolour on linen and paper.
and Encounter - Ink on linen and paper.
Another Day on Patrick Street
Crouched beside you
covered by tarpaulin
on a mattress of sorts
in a doorway to somewhere.
You doing a crossword,
young beautiful face – eyes tired
from many sleepless nights.
Your man lying back
up on one arm brimming
with possibility for the future.
Construction engineer, you
a bio-scientist – studies arrested
Thank me for stopping
for a chat.
A chat, you say, is preferable to a euro
Note: this poem has been recorded (to be available later this year) by the UCD Irish Poetry Archive.