Planting a Mouth
By Hugh O'Donnell
Planting a Mouth Details:
Published: September 2007
Sample piece from Planting a MouthFlyweight Darcy
Could be my father in a former life,
prize fighter, wrist-flasher, 'old pro',
patting the head of his opponent -
the limp body stretched across the floor.
That cat's been round the block
a few times with a costly habit
and the spoiled look of a businessman
in a suit, tie-weary, cuffs
and cuff links, they say of steeplejack
(without the scaffolding), lord of the manor
voyeur between mutterings and serial sulks.
Our family man, nest-wrecker, who knocks
politely to be let in but doesn't spare us
the blood and swelling, punching the air,
boyish in silk shorts and dressing gown.