Gypsy Queen by Patricia Walsh

(for Patsy Twomey)


Slightly impossible, as was said.

Doddering over newspapers, a rank salvation

resurrection in walkers and tartan bags.


The tarot reader supplies demand

arriving early to beat the posse

refreshing refreshiments after a fashion.


No grief taken, an encyclopedia of experience

fleeing the Opera House during its fire,

running away to the circus, a youngster’s dream.


Through the eye of the camera, a still attached

Marks & Spencers bargains assiduously hunted

enough to fill the soul of delicacy.


Information and anecdotes spring freely

never repeating a tale, someone must

record these stories for fear of extinction.


Dancing strictly in time, a dictionary

of movement, shaking heads involuntarily

never bored, actions more practical than words.


The obligatory cup of tea sinks acrimony.

Experiential details joyously shared

banter with the staff, levelly-pegged.


No conversation left undone, or bereft,

but cut-price yoghurt sweet is she,

enough to put contenders in place.


Running for the 214, in seconds inflated,

her particulars follow her diligently,

a told fortune near her heart.

Patricia Walsh was born in Mourneabbey, Co Cork.  She has previously published a collection of poetry, titled Continuity Errors, in 2011 and has been published in a variety of print and online journals.  She has also published a novel, titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014. She now lives in Cork city.



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