She slams the door as she leaves,
sound cracking through the house.
He stands motionless
in the kitchen, dish-cloth in hand,
her parting words swirling wildly
in his head, wonders what to do next:
slip the car-keys from the metal hook
and follow her, or carelessly drop
the plate he is holding –
bone china from her favourite set –
on the tiled floor,
room pulsating into a guilty silence?
A past winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland and Poems for Patience competitions, Maurice Devitt published his debut collection, ‘Growing Up in Colour’, with Doire Press in 2018.His poems have been nominated for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Net prizes and his Pushcart-nominated poem, ‘The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work’, was the title poem of an anthology published by Hibernian Writers in 2015. He is curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site.