Strange Bedfellows [12]: Missing Home

Missing Home

a man passing by;
do you have one euro?

he asks
and I say
sorry man

my dog will now attack you
he says
and I say
no, he won’t
how do you know?
he says
and I say
‘cause it’s a beautiful fox terrier – and I love dogs

and he says
Daisy, attack
and adds
nah, man – am kidding
and he asks
have you seen me pushing my trolley down town?
nah, man, I have not
I say
and he says
cheers man

he pushes his fist forward
and I push mine against his
he goes on to leave but turns back
where are you from?
are you Spanish?
he adds
and I say
where’s that?
he asks
the Mediterranean
I say
and I’m glad I didn’t give him Europe;
I think he was too.

Helping the Homeless in Ireland This Winter

Looking at the Stars AnthologyLooking At The Stars is a limited edition anthology of Irish writing edited by Kerrie O’ Brien and Alice Kinsella to raise money for the Rough Sleepers Team of the Dublin Simon Community.

It features a mixture of poetry, prose and non-fiction from a host of incredible Irish writers including Anne Enright, Joseph O’Connor and Kevin Barry but, most importantly, it will also feature writing from those currently in the services of the Dublin Simon Community.


1000 copies of the anthology will be printed, costing €15 each with the full amount going directly to the Dublin Simon Community to raise €15,000.

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