Hennessy New Irish Writing: August 2017’s winning poems

Lichenology and Funeral by Majella Kelly

Majella Kelly

Majella Kelly

LICHENOLOGY

Lichen is an unnatural union between a captive algal damsel
and a tyrant fungal master
– Rev JAMES CROSBIE 1831-1906

Suppose a fox is sly, an owl
wise and a storm malevolent.
Then suppose lichen is a sensational
relationship between an algal
damsel and a tyrant fungal master.

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