Monday, 23 November 2015

Oh So Like the Magpie - Mag 295

©Shers Gallagher 2015

Father promised his presence
at such an inviting aperitif.
But, once again, he broke her heart
with an unconscionable
failure to appear.
His excuse of absence
was in the lure of a busy world
that did not recognise a daughter's worth
and would shatter such a gentle heart
by sheer neglect of a man’s foul play.
The girl knew better, yes,
than to place her chips
on an absent father's whim
while she, herself, lay victim
to any blinding bauble
of perfumed adoration.
And, oh so like the magpie!
Such a clever thief
to rob away the shine
of what such a day could give,
preferring instead
all those unaffected gems
that only steal away the soul. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

My my, my big fluffy cat - mag 294

©Shers Gallagher 2015

So, you fancy you can cook
and have caught a poor mouse 
for another big cat.
Or, so you’re led to think,
as it's really only me. 
And you and I,
we share our love of cheese
which is always in-house:
old Amsterdam and Gouda
next to creamy pots of camembert 
and brie.
But so is our mouse betrapped
all for its love of cheese.
And you have sprung it into pots
while the bigger cat's away,
knowing this is when it’s time for play.
Now it’s simmering with pleas,
this squeaky little rodent,
folded into curds and whey 
to be served as such a nice surprise 
from adoring you to honoured me.

Aisling Books / Magpie Tales

Monday, 9 November 2015

Soldiers of Mercy - Mag 293

(c)Shers Gallagher 2015

The soldiers of mercy
spread their lives like seeds
for the blooming of red poppies.
We who live in sunshine
grumble at the rain  
and wish for more brilliant days.
Yet we oft forget
their costs for our freedoms.
They have lain down beside us
so we can rise up and remain.
The question now is:

Will we so easily give it all away?

Aisling Books / Magpie Tales

Monday, 26 October 2015

Never Give Up - Mag 291

©Shers Gallagher 2015

Squeeze out a dream
and make it happen.
Soar to the moon
and mount what defeats you.
Hitch the stars
and shine in heaven.
Never give up, 
never give up.

Squeeze out a dream
and make it happen.
Sail the horizon 
and walk the shores.
Colour your earth
by loving your planet.
Never give up,
never give up!

Squeeze out a dream
and make it happen.
Explore your soul
and light a fire.
Spread it around
with living your life.
Never give up,
never give up....

Aisling Books / Magpie Tales

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

As We Let Go

©Shers Gallagher 2015

Breaking into thoughts
that cannot be grasped
by the lighting of day,
the rumble of trains, 
the prattle of life
draining everything away.

Across the table 
twilight dwindles 
as the sun glows golden 
to all the saints paving its way.
Their well-meaning intentions
fading into strange displays
as we let go
and release all those goodbyes,
letting them just fade away.

Aisling Books

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Hush hush - Mag 288

©Shers Gallagher 2015

Hush hush
along the flickering of floating leafy quills
amidst the timeless tree clocks of chirping whip-poor-will.

Hush hush 
to silvery shadows of cats in sleeping caps
that watch the crescent silhouettes of drowsy river rats.

Hush hush 
away from drowning in an age of chrome and glass
cemented into passageways of glittering ash.

Hush hush
to climbing downward into lamp-lit bluish casts
where love is but a byword and romance a dreamlike past. 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Both Pods Now - Mag 287

© Shers Gallagher 2015

Thrills and spills of café cappuccino 
Drugs of acceptance everywhere
Sunday goers craving blends 
They give themselves away

But now old friends are acting vain
They fixate on selfies and global change
Communication's lost and communication's gained
In using every day

And all those kids they block my view
with dancing cats and dogs that moo 
So many snaps I would have done
But Skype got in the way

I've looked at Messenger from both pods now
From remote speaker, and still somehow
It’s Cloud illusions I recall
I really can’t do conversion apps at all 

Aisling Books / Magpie Tales