Seán Kennedy is a twenty-two-year-old writer living in Co. Kildare. Since finishing an MA in Irish Literature and Culture at Maynooth University last summer, he has turned to writing poetry in an effort to pass the time productively, or at least creatively. His poem “Brothers of Charity” appeared in online journal Dodging the Rain in March 2018.
Image: ‘The Dusk Hour’ by Natalia Drepina
HY249 – The History of Suicide
room almost silent save for muffled laughter
the friend of a student who just whispered
(far louder than he intended)
a diving score
for a body
from the World Trade Centre,
projected on the screen
in a small lecture theatre
in the John Hume building.
hisses and air, hisses and air,
the room is filled with
hisses and air.
Well-deserved, by the looks of things;
my work is not “it is odd” it is “is it odd?”;
a question asked by good neighbour Jen
a kind woman made to look like a swan.
“No it’s the same as what came before”;
whether that’s old or odd can’t be sure
either way it’s bound to look rough and
God knows roughness is necessary now.