20 Apr Dispatched like a Turgid Stool
Dispatched like a Turgid Stool
Desperate pilgrims can seek out, and possibly
Find, comfort in the most unlikely places.
A sick or dying woman, or man, might
Find, possibly, a sign say in a public toilet.
For example, they might find harbour there
From the great hinterland of the altogether unfamiliar.
A tile, or a piece of porcelain,
Harvested in the mind in the place of a vigil.
The utterly demonic, these days, being most possibly
The utterly unknowable, rather than any
Dantesque figure. The ambiguity
Of quantum mechanics replacing the pantheon
Of medieval Christian iconography.
Chaos redefined, and for an eternity.
Peter O’Neill is the author of six collections of poetry; The Elm Tree (2014), Sker (2016) and The Enemy – Transversions from Baudelaire (2015) all published by Lapwing; The Dark Pool (2015) and The Muse is a Dominatrix ( 2016) both published by mgv2>publishing; Dublin Gothic published by Kilmog Press ( 2015); and More Micks than Dicks ( 2017) published by Famous Seamus. He has also coedited And Agamemnon Dead, an anthology of 21st century Irish Poetry with Walter Ruhlmann for mgv2>publishing ( 2015) and edited The Gladstone Readings (2017) published by Famous Seamus.