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Gerard Coughlan


Whenever Father
Set about papering
The Front-Room,
I was press-ganged
As his 'apprentice'.

Very deliberately,
The paste was brushed
To the margins;
Allowing for the removal
Of lumpy bits
And, above all,
Keeping the edges
And linear dry.

I watched
And listened
But, more so,
To the tempting smack
Of football
Against factory-gate

As I iron items
On a sunny morning;
A C.D. of BBC's classics
Is intended                                    
To motivate me .
It is the shrill, arresting
Of a boastful blackbird
On a fence
Which steals
My focus
And fancy.  

© by Gerard Coughlan.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Gerard Coughlan lives in Cork City, Ireland. He has always loved poetry as an art form and has written all his life. Gerard says his chosen themes are many and varied, but he strives to include the magnificence of nature in many of his works, “even when it involves family relationships, dreadful urban planning, or the myopia which seems to plague so many of our politicians.” Gerard’s work has been featured in journals and on the radio; his influences have been Philip Larkin, Patrick Kavanagh, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Eavan Boland, and John Betjeman, among others.



Post New Comment:
There's always some distraction! Nicely done!
Posted 11/04/2023 11:07 PM
Lori Levy:
Youve captured distraction perfectly.
Posted 11/03/2023 02:35 PM
Wilda Morris:
Love it!
Posted 11/03/2023 10:40 AM
And right now I'm using your poem to distract me from household chores.
Posted 11/03/2023 09:43 AM
Posted 11/03/2023 09:18 AM
Neat poem, Gerard, and an impressive list of artful mentors . . . little wonder that your poetry is well-known and widely published.
Posted 11/03/2023 09:15 AM
From football to a boastful blackbird whistlelove that!
Posted 11/03/2023 08:50 AM
Larry Schug:
Good work! I like the ending, especially.
Posted 11/03/2023 08:01 AM
Joan Luther: whistling while we work. Very relatable poem!
Posted 11/03/2023 07:32 AM

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