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first published in Poetry Nottingham International Vol. 52 No. 1;

in collection, Salt, (September 2008 ), Poetry Can,
ISBN 978-09539234-3-4

 

Hours Afterwards

 

How the clenched

bowel of the garlic

breaks

from its papery

 

sheath

priming a pink clove

the little

oily horn

 

peeling free

reeking -

a root pearl veined

with a sinewy

 

green, its pulp

cruelly pungent

staining

at a touch.

 

More than one

and we are steeped

sanguine

the smell

 

on our fingers

hours afterwards.

 

 

Denise McSheehy

 

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