GERRY MC DONNELL was born and lives in Dublin. He was educated in Trinity College, Dublin where he edited ICARUS, the college literary magazine; and at Dublin City University. He has had four collections of poetry published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast. He has also written for stage, radio and television. His play Making It Home, a two-hander father and son relationship, was first performed at the Crypt Theatre at Dublin Castle in 2001. A radio adaptation of this play was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 in 2008 starring the acclaimed Irish actor David Kelly as the father and Mark Lambert as the son. It has been translated into Breton.
The first night without her
I lay on the road
Until a half-drunk couple rescued me.
The second night without her
I scaled the wall of a graveyard
And lay against a headstone muttering.
The third night without her
I lay on our bed, a slab now
With hat, coat and gloves on.
Tonight I will cover myself
Thinking she will slide in beside me.
Gerry Mc Donnell April 2014