Atomic Clock

by Patricia Walsh

Give me my direction

And no one gets hurt.

Compassing my intentions

Magnetising my fate.


Past closing time

Drinking to finity

Burnt legit property

Shudders the room.


Evacuate the home

Incinerate to impunity

Asking God for a script

To address the dilemma.


Various powers that be

Sail past with intent

Evicting trouble

From long-term hubris.


The dark abseiling

Surreal speeches

Belligerent statements

Cooked to a crisp.


The music’s over

The stench pervades

An marginal home

Not speaking too quickly.


A wasted phone call

In the next room

Not even replying

An aborted diatribe.


Closing time, it is

Home fulled with lead

Nor more coffee

To feul your ire.


Nasty boy, indeed

Fluctuating in anger

I am nice as pie

To cover your sin.


Revelation time

Giving notice, enough

To poison elsewhere

To inbecilic infinity.


A minitiature inferno

Does not pass muster

With me anyway, with

You laughing nonchalantly.


Your bloodied arm

Your obvious temper

Your own worst enemy

Calling the shots.


Wasting battery time

To abuse those at hand

You burgle peace of mind

For your satisfaction.


The revolution will be edited.

Broadcast all the same

Dismantle other’s property

For a simple pleasure.


That is all, I admit.

Returning home, I sink

Into reflected anger

A tirade over nothing.

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Writers Bio

Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland.  To date, she has published one novel, titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014, and has published one collection of poetry, titled Continuity Errors, with Lapwing Publications in 2010. She has since been published in a variety of print and online journals.  These include: The Lake; Seventh Quarry Press; Marble Journal; New Binary Press; Stanzas; Crossways; Ygdrasil; Seventh Quarry; The Fractured Nuance; Revival Magazine; Ink Sweat and Tears; Drunk Monkeys; Hesterglock Press; Linnet's Wing, Narrator International, The Galway Review; Poethead and The Evening Echo.

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by James Steck

'A Clean Hard Edge'
by Mark Blickley

'The Dying Of The Light'
by Lynn White

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