Photography, Poetry and Art Projects by Ciaran Burke

Christmas Presence

Golden liquids, white topping black
empty vessels and glasses half full
night around the table, sitting high
bonded by the past, union of the reunited

Admissions and propositions, accusations
exaggerating the details, chronology
flexible in hindsight, outcomes variable
memory serving well, the story continues

Sober was a time in the past, the morning
lies far over the horizon, beyond garlic fries,
a wavering walk, liquid wisdom flow
taxi delivers salvation to purgatorial rest

Hell awaits the fallen as dawn assaults
cranial penance, and abdominal turmoil
Corporeal retribution, penance served
for welcoming spirits of Christmas present.
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