Waiting in the Library

Both have near two hundred years of lived experience;

The two grannies are waiting in the library

with Flann O’Brien’s Third Policeman novel

Just around the corner

a 3D printer is busy on his bust

While jet cars for only the rich is his latest story

They are waiting and will not see his exhibition 

The Dublin resident’s work in print

Troubles, and deaths of husbands are all over

Things like the end of war in the Far East is past

As are all the days of growing, cooking and cleaning hard

Gone the night the sheriff’s widow covered in his blood

Fled from the laughing killers

She came down her road to the house;

Families visit, argue and try to mind them

‘My..my..my’ the changes of the world amazes them

As they wait. In the library.

(The library is the Straban library)

O'Brien

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