Wishing Well


By Liam Flanagan

Take this coin and hold it tightly in your hand
Carefully and deeply contemplate a wish you would like to see granted
A desire for peace in a world becoming more violent as each day passes
A request for good health to accompany you on lives journey
A wish loved ones karma allows for long and joyful lives to be lived
You may choose to put value on materialistic objects
To bring joy and happiness
Realising this to be a decision made by the futility of youth
So delve deep inside to find something which is really worth wishing for
Toss the coin into the water heads you win tails you lose

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics

Metamorphosis


BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Sitting quietly with oneself contemplating the essence
To be found in the body and in the mind
An identity formed from a combination of genes and experience
Or is there another part of being which defines who we are
A spirit which wanders and weaves through the corridors of life
Each change of direction requiring an adjustment to who we are
Not a constant like a rock which cannot be reshaped
Or a river which flows and refuses to be redirected
We are never always the same and so often the opposite

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

The Smile


By Liam Flanagan

Look me in the eye and tell me the truth
Rooted
In your language contradiction and vagueness
Safe us
From your lies and fake smile
Try
To deceive and hoodwink
Think
About trying to go through life with ambiguity and spin
Thin
Is the line between integrity and hypocrisy
Bureaucracy
Tying red tape around the neck of the people trying to breath
Greed
Brings you to the surface of the swamp you inhabit
Dragging your pray underwater to drown out the calls for
Equity
and
Equality

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

Vincent


By Liam Flanagan

Photo by Elle Lumière on Unsplash

So neglected in your life even now people struggle to pronounce your name
Tortured you were turning to alcohol to ease the pain
Relief found from painting nature and flowers
Finding inspiration from roses/lilacs/lilies and sunflowers
Whilst engaged in a constant battle with an illness which refused to allow sunshine into the mind
You must have been living in a world more identifiable as hell
Cut ones ear off to quieten the incessant noise disturbing the self
Rest easy knowing a legacy of beauty and genius has been left
A life so short leaving us behind thirty seven years old

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

Digging Deep


By Liam Flanagan

A drought of the mind
A barren landscape
No oasis in sight

Bare footed in a desert where sand burns unprotected soles
The punishing heat of the sun resulting in a thirst unquenched
There is no water here to replenish and renew a wary spirit
No trees to provide oxygen to a tired suffocating soul
A prayer for rain to relieve the constant hurt and pain
Tormented and troubled on a journey which feels like

There
Is
No
End

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

Apocalypse Now


BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Apocalypse Now
Four Horsemen come riding in
Each one carrying a prediction from the Book of Revelation
A White Horse under the command of the Anti-Christ
Bringing Conquest and Destruction
Following on from a world already suffering from the spreading of a Plague
A Red Horse representing the waging War on all those who cross his Path
A Black Horse rider spreading hunger and famine
No longer enough money or food to go
around
As a Pale Horse arrives on the scene
Screams
Of horror and terror as all he brings is death and murder

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

The Crossroads


BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Photo by Vladislav Babienko on Unsplash

Standing at a crossroads
No sign posts in sight
Do I turn left or right?
In danger of getting lost in the middle of the night
Dark clouds loom on the horizon
Gathering in the northern skies
Halting progress forward
The distance from home can be measured in miles
I take a look over my shoulder
Gazing back over the journey
I’ve been on
There is no going back now
The time to go backwards
is gone

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

Forbidden


BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Are ye trying to kid me?
Do you think we are all idiots
Fix it!
The world is going to go up in flames
Or drowning in rising sea tides
Hide
The truth is the most important thing is to make money
Big business continue to be allowed to mass produce harmful pollutants
To get their greedy grubby hands on as much cash as possible
Impossible
To believe anything coming out of the mouths of politicians
Lie as you try to pull the wool over the eyes of the people
So fake in your minds eye is to let them eat
cake
You should be forbidden from showing yourselves in public
Power will be taken away and a discovery will be made of exactly what it means to be a part of
a republic

Liam Flanagan is a 47 year old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics 

Age


BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Casting the mind backwards
To teenage years
An obsession with The Cure
And a girl called Mairead
I wonder where she is now?
Playing football until the light went out at the end of the day
Turned eighteen and celebrated being able to have a pint
Maybe too much but the crack was mighty with the lads
Lassies everywhere excitement of newness and anticipation tangible in the air
Turning twenty made very little difference
A taste for life had been discovered and developed
As the years go by you realise how special those days were
Times of friendship and romance
Where there was always enough music in the night for one more dance

BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Liam Flanagan is a 47-year-old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years of experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics.

Voice


BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Photo by Jackson Simmer on Unsplash

I have lost my voice

Not from shouting too loud

Or talking too much

Nor from singing or chanting 

From weariness and fatigue 

Trying to make sense of it all

Weary of a world where chaos rules

Finding it hard to envisage a future of harmony and calm

Too tired to raise a sound in opposition of all going on

Rest is now the priority of these times

Relief only being provided when the night time bell chimes

BY LIAM FLANAGAN

Liam Flanagan is a 47-year-old living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Degree in English and Philosophy. Teaching Diploma in IT. Ten years of experience working in the IT industry. Likes Sport, Music, Film and Politics.

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