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.