The Box

True story…   ‘Open the box,’ said the nervous squaddie, waving his rifle at my nethers. I sucked the chill December air through my teeth, like a truculent mechanic when you tell them there’s a funny noise from the back…

For Jude

He winked at me. Did he wink? I’m sure he winked. ‘Dad, I got this letter about my NCT before Christmas and I forgot to tell you.’ ‘When’s it due?’ ‘Next week. Sorry.’ ‘Oh Jesus, OK. And you’re working, yeah?’…

Mná na hÉireann

Stop all the clocks. Stamp out the rush of time, which obliterates old memories and false hopes. Stand in silence for an hour and listen with open ears and an open heart. Do not heed the fictions offered by the…

Hamlet

An actor playing Hamlet, takes his final bow, and exits stage left, pursued by a bear. Into the blue-lit backstage he strides sweat beaded, exhilarated, to his dressing room he retires smoking a cigarette. A telephone message left before to call…