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Mary Egan Campbell

Location: Midlands


A mother of two and author/poet I am an active member of Wordsmiths Tullamore and take part in local and national literary events. I have collaborated with other members of the aforementioned writers group on “Whisperings” a book of poetry and short stories, published in 2018.

Current project

I am currently editing my first children’s book for submission. It is an adventure/ghost story with an eleven year old hero and his dog.

Writing sample

This poem was longlisted for the Fish Poetry Competition

In Tarry Flynn’s Shoes
(I.m. of Patrick Kavanagh 1904 1967)

Strolling the canal towards Kilbeggan Bridge
I’m put in mind of another poet whose
Ancestor’s hailed from the county home yonder there
Would that I could someday walk in his shoes

That I could see the beauty in the stilly-green
not these murky depths beneath the banks
And not inhale the stench of rot and rusted trolley
nor fear the water rat sunning his flanks

No swans dare drift through dingy underpass
to dodge carelessly discarded drink cans
And n’er do wells camped there with ill intent
casting sticks and stones with idle hands

Graffiti scars stout timber balance beams
whose bulky boughs shadow the filthy lock
Discarded condoms, needles and flagons adorn
bollards where bright painted barges dock

Perhaps if I rode the cut on a narrow boat
further south to Shannon Harbour’s shores
With tourists sank some suds upon the grass
‘neath the shade of perfumed golden gorse

Maybe then the bard in me would find release
I’d dredge away the silt and find my verse
Discover leafy embankments filled with love
and Kavanagh’s ghost resting on a bench

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