The Rising- Grainne Daly

Lecture theatre –

great space for the grand master

to preach down below

where the steps fall off

and the temperature rises,

graduates to humid

in the pull down seat –

skin clammy between my legs

as he outlines Irish history

over a mike that crackles

and grazes his voice,

the period between







overshadowed by

my desire to usurp him

with my sweaty palms

and enact a rising of my own –

a lecture hall lock-in

with the grand master

in the great space

between my



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