Poems by Anne Tannam (Ireland)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 43
All Fall Down
‘I’ve been clearing out.’
She handed me a bag full of pocket-sized tissues.
Twenty or more packets of tissues
some unopened, most with one or two missing in action.
I took them home, along with the gloves and scarves
she knew she wouldn’t need again
and took to using them
like the stash would last forever
down the bottom of school bags and swimming bags
jackets and coat pockets.
We took to using them
like they could be replaced
when the last one went missing.
Just one eye, the right
not weeping exactly
more a steady watering
barely requiring a tissue
or any attention at all.
In her mind she registers
the beginning of this
with the arrival
of the word ‘Prognosis’
pushes the thought aside
though it still flickers
like an unwelcome image
burning her retina
a premonition of things to come.
Bred, buttered and living in Dublin, Anne’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, The Moth, Skylight47, Headstuff, The Poetry Bus, Crannóg, Prairie Schooner, Burning Bush, Literature Today, Episteme, and several anthologies. Her first book of poetry 'Take This Life’, was published by 6tHouse in 2011.A spoken word artist, Anne has performed her work at Electric Picnic, Cúirt and other festivals around Ireland and is co-founder of the Dublin Writers’ Forum.
Image: "Eyes" by Ahmed Sinan.