shot glass
Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Neil Banks lives in Bray, County Wicklow. His poems have appeared in The Stinging Fly and Shot Glass Journal. His fiction has been published by New Irish Writing (The Sunday Tribune), RTÉ Radio, and others.

Neil Banks

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(Mirror Cinquain)


It burns.
Passion, I mean.
If I died and they cut
open my heart they'd find scorch marks
and you
surely know I'd die if you told
me what you had was gone –
I mean Passion,
burnt out.