McGonnigle Hates Crows by Des Dillon

On the hot harbour wall a thousand crows
sweat and croon shoulder to shoulder under
a wilting sun like sailors home from the sea,
staggering on heavy land legs to the Anchor.
The crows know it’s safer here than the woods;
far far from the sport of McGonnigle’s gun.
And here the cunt comes now angry as fuck
like one hawthorn stick’s a match for a murder.

They lure him away down to the turning tide,
swinging his stick in the quicksand banks,
flapping off when the sea pours over his boots.
Inside the frill of seaweed crisping in the sun
clicking sand-flies calculate, one by one,
the days he’ll burn in hell for the man that he’s become.

Des Dillon is an internationally acclaimed award-winning writer. He was born in Coatbridge and studied English Literature at Strathclyde University before becoming a teacher. He was Writer-in-Residence at Castlemilk from 1998-2000. He is a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, broadcaster, screen writer, and scriptwriter for TV, stage and radio. His books have been published in the USA, India, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, French and Spanish. His poetry has been anthologised internationally. His latest award was The Lion and Unicorn prize for the best of Irish and British literature in the Russian Language (2007).

Des Dillon is an internationally acclaimed award-winning writer. He was born in Coatbridge and studied English Literature at Strathclyde University before becoming a teacher. He was Writer-in-Residence at Castlemilk from 1998-2000. He is a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, broadcaster, screen writer, and scriptwriter for TV, stage and radio. His books have been published in the USA, India, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, French and Spanish. His poetry has been anthologised internationally. His latest award was The Lion and Unicorn prize for the best of Irish and British literature in the Russian Language (2007).

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