Lockdown Liberties Writers Corner

We recently set up a small private writing group, just a few of us to start with... a safe space where we can write, do spoken word, texts, songs and poems. We will be adding to this post as the writing flows so keep tuned.

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Walking through the woods today, there were two of us on an overnight camping fishing trip. We looked for a clearing to pitch our tents. We stop at a clearing its open and flat ground; the dark was creeping in slow. So, we got set up and retired to the tents for the night. Morning came and we could not believe we were right on the river’s edge.

We set up the rods, bait the and cast them in the river, cast after cast failed the catch anything here. We’ll move up a bit. We set up right under a massive tree. Cast the rods in here to see does the luck change.Just the we, watch this little colour bird standing on a perch in the tree over the river. Birds eye view. The bird waited then dropped off its perch and seconds later, its back on its perch, the fish is still wriggling so a quick bang off the tree and the bird has sushi. The two boys watched in awe every time that bird moved it got a fish. And how deft he dives from the sky to swoop down to nab the rewards.

The lads caught nothing. They discussed this little bird on the way home, why was he able to get the fish that easy. It’s the Kingfisher you just witness.

By Philip Kenny
Dublin, Ireland

 

 

Looking out to the world, trying to find a word. 

Thinking is there someone looking in at me. Oh what I’d give to be free.

The biggest prison can be your head, like the window are we a pain. To think with my heart or my brain.

What about both? Can I feel with my head and think with my heart? Is the world looking at me, through my window? Or am I looking at them?

Thinking oh to be free.

By Andrew Kelly
Dublin, Ireland

 

 
Black 47
 
The crop is bad.
No spuds to be had. 
Outlook bleak. 
Hungry and weak.
The crop is bad.
The plague is here. 
A sigh and tear. 
For hunger and fear. 
The crop is dead. 
Blackend is the beet. 
Hungry dying in the street.
With nothing to eat. 
Corn for the rich.
The impoverished suffer, impoverished suffer
 
By Philip Kenny 
Dublin, Ireland 
 

 

What I can’t understand is we are brought into this world all the same way but the person next door to you could have a different life compared to you. What gives the people in charge to say I’m not going to give you what you need but I’ll give it to your neighbour.

I’ve grown and I’ve lived in a lot of places nearly all over this country and I’ve been placed on the streets and my neighbour in houses and good jobs why can’t it be all the same for all people not when you walk down streets such as Grafton street here in Dublin you see homeless tapping and guards telling them to move and then you see someone the same age walking out of shops with nearly 6 or 7 bags and trust me it’s not cheap why can’t the people in power see this it’s like they are not on the same eye level as people that have to make their homes for the night out of cardboard from these big shops and sleep on the streets I just can’t understand this it’s time to open your eyes look at the figures that ye get daily.

By Andrew Kelly
Dublin, Ireland

 

 

What I can’t understand is we are brought into this world all the same way but the person next door to you could have a different life compared to you. What gives the people in charge to say I’m not going to give you what you need but I’ll give it to your neighbour.

I’ve grown and I’ve lived in a lot of places nearly all over this country and I’ve been placed on the streets and my neighbour in houses and good jobs why can’t it be all the same for all people not when you walk down streets such as Grafton street here in Dublin you see homeless tapping and guards telling them to move and then you see someone the same age walking out of shops with nearly 6 or 7 bags and trust me it’s not cheap why can’t the people in power see this it’s like they are not on the same eye level as people that have to make their homes for the night out of cardboard from these big shops and sleep on the streets I just can’t understand this it’s time to open your eyes look at the figures that ye get daily.

By Andrew Kelly
Dublin, Ireland

 

 

What I can’t understand is we are brought into this world all the same way but the person next door to you could have a different life compared to you. What gives the people in charge to say I’m not going to give you what you need but I’ll give it to your neighbour.

I’ve grown and I’ve lived in a lot of places nearly all over this country and I’ve been placed on the streets and my neighbour in houses and good jobs why can’t it be all the same for all people not when you walk down streets such as Grafton street here in Dublin you see homeless tapping and guards telling them to move and then you see someone the same age walking out of shops with nearly 6 or 7 bags and trust me it’s not cheap why can’t the people in power see this it’s like they are not on the same eye level as people that have to make their homes for the night out of cardboard from these big shops and sleep on the streets I just can’t understand this it’s time to open your eyes look at the figures that ye get daily.

By Andrew Kelly
Dublin, Ireland

 

 

I’m Still Here

Sometimes I find it difficult from under my mask. 

To let people know I’m open and up for a laugh. My face all contorted with this ridiculous task.

I want people to know I’m trying to smile. Sometimes I need absence to escape for a while. To gather my thoughts, to pause and reflect. To try to make purpose of the whole damn mess.

Only to be drawn to anxiety and stress. A state of affairs I do detest.

So with a polite feck off I voice my protest, if only for a moment I feel a heaviness leave my chest.

Draw deep on this refreshing breath. Its a hard ask to raise a smile from behind a mask.

By Paul Uzell
Dublin, Ireland

 

Addiction

Hi I’m your best friend
I’m like the almighty
I’ll take you places
I have many faces with hugs and braces
Give your soul with grace
Anything for the next chase
Things I do a disgrace
In my child’s face
Steal from any place
Just to have a taste
Perceived as sweet honey
I’ll spend all your money
Lay waste your dignity
Disrupt your family way
See I plan to stay
Take it all away
 

By Philip Kenny

Dublin, Ireland

The Wanting

Oh fools are we. A life we cant see.  A blinding light.  Sleep on the right.

Our fights our rights. The battle fought tight. We are of the night. 

Faceless without the Mask. Pointless you ask.

Tearfully alone and prone. Pick up the phone. Your not alone.

Join together and thrive. Collectively we’ll survive. It’ll be a bigger drive.

ATD 2021 just begun. Soon it’ll be in the sun.

By Philip Kenny

Dublin, Ireland

I am still Human

Walking around Dublin city trying to find a place not gritty …

A bag so wet it hurts my breath, fingers and toes all curled up – please someone put money in this cup.

Sitting at the GPO an yet still nowhere to go. You see the man on the corner, all he wants for Christmas is to be warmer. 

A blanket jacket or socks these things I have not … U see I once had a wife, a home, a job and even a phone. 

As I sit and watch people pass, u would think time would go fast.

As the cold creeps in and my body starts to shake, somebody please help me for goodness sake. 

I’m old an I’m cold, would Santa believe me if I told him I was never bold.

When you pass me by do you think why or am I just the same as that other guy … so you think in all this I would drink and sink.

But God is beside me not behind me. As I set up my bed made out of cardboard on top of a large board.

I lay on my back, still shivering at that. Losing my last breath – I know I’m facing death … 

Will anyone even notice me or will they just say, aw let him be?

By Lorraine Kelly

Dublin, Ireland

Surrounded by Fear

A cold and dark November – nowhere to go till December.

Closed up inside ur home but all on my own – depression an anxiety all together in 1 but nowhere to run …

Fear in my mind, fear in my body – fear of the 1 who sits by me.

Masks on faces, eyes so big – wondering does dat person have anything.

A virus so big but yet so small, we will still stand tall.

Dublin city a place dat was fun, now look how its run.

By Lorraine Kelly

Dublin, Ireland

A Mothers Fear

Christmas is getting closer each day. What can I say to those big eyes? Sorry but I think Santa has just 1 surprise …

With a smile on my face I take her by the hand, Mummy can we go to Disneyland?

Once again what can I say to those big eyes, I’m sorry Santa has just 1 surprise … 

As it gets darker the days get colder wondering please let this year be over …

Walking past houses all lit up, Christmas trees and candles shining so bright, everywhere in sight … Mummy why can’t we have a house like that? Mummy why do we not have a tree like that? … With those big eyes, I’m sorry Santa has just 1 surprise …

As I lay down in my bed, thoughts going through my head – sometimes I think it would be easier if I just said sorry Santa is dead …

Counting the coins under the chair, thinking what are they going to wear … Off to the shop to find a Turkey for dinner, at least that would be a winner …

Christmas day, all I can say – aren’t we lucky to still have this day?

By Lorraine Kelly

Dublin, Ireland

Flat on my feet. Rain hides the tears.

Begin to feel defeat. Heart skips a beat.

Alone in the street. No one to meet.

Nor anyone to greet. Here’s were I eat.

Here’s were I sleep. Middle of the street.

Rain soaks my sheets. Breeze comes through.

Body heat of two. Just a distant view.

Begging for change. But only getting coins.

It’s time for change. Discard the chains.

End this giving pain.

End poverty

By Philip Kenny

Dublin, Ireland