We're delighted to present our Poem Of The Day, presented in association with Poetry Ireland.
Today's poem is July by Sean Kelly - read it below.
Awake early, the room already bright,
the necklace you left behind still on the locker.
I should have dumped it by now.
I knew it was over when you started smoking again –
arms folded at the back door, staring across the lawn.
Yesterday you instagrammed from Florence,
your hair blonde now, wearing my Willie Nelson t-shirt,
blowing a kiss at the statue of David.
We were in Greece this time last year,
hiking around Aegina's stone and weed mountains.
You kept stopping while I caught up.
We kissed at the top, took selfies, shared a can of warm beer
then photographed what remained of the temple of Adonis –
a headless statue made of ash and clay
with a wasps' nest in the dark of its hollow chest.
About the Poet: Sean Kelly’s work has appeared in The Moth Magazine, The High Window, Skylight 47, Crannog and The Poetry Ireland Review. He has previously been short-listed for the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript competition, long-listed in the 2017 Fool for Poetry competition and was awarded second prize in the 2018 Red Line Poetry Competition. He is CEO at the Everyman, Cork.