Flesh Eating Princess

By Patricia Walsh

Tattooed beyond recognition, identity marks,
illustrated episodes from a past-realised
livelihood scrummaged at expense of chagrin
appropriate behaviour, redundant at last
exposure living through the various nooks and crannies.

Put on this earth to suffer, not wanting oneself
nor having others wanting them either
solitary engagement the just reward forever
complexion on the times betrays nothing,
cleaning straight away a positive turn.
Loving, at expense of sanity, and knowing looks
salvation through nutritious meals, ad hominem,
writing this escape pod from cutting examinations
cooler than thou, fighting the corner well
figureheads on display cut the incision deeper.

Eating as an art form, publication a close second
counting lines as purgatory, neither here nor there
indifferent, at best, never sitting too close,
the forgotten existence suffices for now,
plundering mysteries too big for one person.

This salt, at a price, walking out at a given time,
relaxed at short notice, colluding with the American
eyes only for the selective, a righteous coupling
sensing desperation, structurally avoided
not wishing on worst enemies, a slipped computer disk.

Patricia Walsh graduated with an MA in Archaeology from University College Cork, and her poetry has been published in Stony Thursday, Southword, Narrator International, Trouvaille Review, Strukturrus, Seventh Quarry, Vox Galvia, The Quarryman, Brickplight, The Literatus, and Otherwise Engaged. She published a chapbook titled Continuity Errors in 2010, and a novel, The Quest for Lost √Čire, in 2014. A second collection of poetry, titled Citizens Arrest, was published online by Libretto in 2020. A further collection of poetry, titled Outstanding Balance, is scheduled for publication in early 2021. She was the featured poet in the inaugural edition of Fishbowl Magazine, and is a regular attendee at the O Bheal poetry night in Cork City.

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