Best Laid Plants

Five inches deep and four apart,
holes drift past the holly bush;
broad side down and narrow up,
bedded in October’s murk. Old man
thinks of summers past, a winter
yet to come, He feels a chill steal
through his ribs – sighs, I’ll see you
again in May, but if I don’t,
they will doubtless say,
‘he always loved his tulips.’

from Stick on Stone



About the Poet:
Mike Gallagher, an Irish writer, poet and editor, worked in London for forty years. His prose, poetry, haiku and songs have been published throughout Europe, America, Australia, Nepal, India, Thailand, Japan and Canada. His writing has been translated into Croatian, Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian and Chinese.

He won the Michael Hartnett Viva Voce competition in 2010 and 2016, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2011 and won the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Contest in 2012.  His poetry collection Stick on Stone was published by Revival Press in 2013.



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