Issue No. 5, Summer 2013

Fox
Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Death comes quiet
as a gentle thud
under a car on a grey day.
Oblivious, it drives on
while behind,
all is still.
Weeks pass.
By the roadside,
a rough red tuft
is overtaken by a slow decay.
Brown blood covers the body
in a crust of rust. Crumpled corpse:
soft stomach turned to the sun,
twisted back stuck to hot tarmac,
splintered bones pushed into stones
limp paws, smashed snout,
deaf ears turned inside out.
Within, maggots squirm like secrets.
Below, worms stir.
Passing cars push
a pile of pebbles
in a cairn
by the crushed corpse.
The wind quivers
through dead whiskers –
a final whimper.


Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s poems have appeared in many literary journals in Ireland and internationally, most recently in France, Mexico, USA, Scotland and England. She writes both in Irish and English. The Arts Council of Ireland has awarded her a literature bursary. She was a winner of Wigtown Gaelic poetry prize (the Scottish National Poetry Prize). Doireann has also been shortlisted for the Jonathan Swift Award 2012 and Comórtas Uí Néill, both in 2011 and 2012. She was selected for the prestigious Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Doireann’s collections Résheoid and Dúlasair are both published by Coiscéim.