Michael Sharkey

Canterbury, New South Wales
Michael Sharkey
Canterbury, New South Wales

Poems

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1.
Eating Sin
A man began to eat his order of fish, and the ghost of the fish arose and spoke. Forgive me, it said, please hear me. I died in despair,
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2.
Without You
In each photograph I see
what captured me
when I first looked at you
and saw
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3.
Look, he said
Look, he said,
I've been writing stuff for the past four years
& I've done about six hundred poems
& all I can manage is get them in the local
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4.
History
The beautiful girl on the bus
wears a jacket that comes from a sheep
that was raised on a farm
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5.
Defamiliarization
When it came through the door
I knew what it was.

'I'll have that,' it said,
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6.
After Cavafy
When I was twelve the undertaker came up
from the corner: 'Something special, come and see.'

The corpse was Italian,
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7.
Get Age
You too can have flaking skin,
lank hair and
trembling hands and
glassy eyes
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8.
Floors
With no pretentiousness they bear us.
It is no concern of theirs what we propose to do,

or do. They stand us,
mimic earth's pull, hold us to it.
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9.
Boredom
Cavafy began to describe it,
and gave it away halfway through.

Boredom grows intimate; something like aging,
or torture you learn how to do by yourself,
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10.
Tears
Wet stuff that hangs around funerals,
falls on confetti,
makes face-masks go crooked,
reveals children's fears: tears
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