The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Maurice Devitt: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Maurice Devitt (Ireland)

Published in The Ofi Press Issue 34



A Stranger in the House


The worm of fear. At eight years old

the urge to run away

to an older self, no longer afraid

of a key in the lock, him walking in.

Seconds of silence that could tip

either way. Would he ignore you

or twist your hair in spindly fingers,

fairground voice shrinking the hallway

to send children, and mice, scuttling

into corners. Thin as a hat-stand

he rattled through the house, folded

himself into an easy-chair and slept,

mouth stuck in a silent roar. You tip-toed

in rings around his chair and joked

how you could dismantle him

with a set of Allen keys, put him away

in a wardrobe to be discovered

by some future owner who, in a fit

of flatpack fervour, would re-assemble

the parts, this time without the fangs.

About the Poet

"After a career in business, I completed the Poetry Studies MA at Mater Dei in Dublin, where I focused on the poetry of James Wright, Charles Bernstein, and others. During 2012, I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was runner-up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition, short-listed for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Competition and placed third in The Joy of Sex competition. Over the past two years I have had 50 poems published by various journals in Ireland, England, the US, Australia and Mexico. I am a member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group."

Image used under Creative Commons Laws by Jsome1: "Stone House revisited"