From October 2018, these lines were pulled together quickly during a weekly Ó Bheal poetry challenge, usually hosted on the 2nd Monday of each month in The Long Valley Bar, Cork city, Ireland. They idealise Finnish schools where the children come together to learn and play outside. Taking in oxygen and all those essential elements that America seems to lack. I miss the wide open sky, but not this. Honda civics cruise the block but here, the Nissan Qashqai is car of the year, nearly, if it fits... Spiders and wreathes hanging adjacent on shopfronts at the top of Patrick St. Will I lose myself If I kill reminiscence?
Originally written for the Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition, in the Long Valley Bar, Cork City, Ireland in October 2018.