It is already mid-morning and the sky
is still undecided. A placeholder
of pesky grey, not definite enough
for rain and too shy for sun. Maybe
today has been cancelled and nothing
will happen, not even to the man
who is walking his dog by the side
of the lake, revelling in the deal
that he closed just before he came out,
looking forward to a dinner with family
and friends, and failing to hold his footing
as he throws a wet stick across the water.
Runner-up in The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition in 2017, Maurice Devitt was winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition in 2015 and has been placed or shortlisted in many competitions including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Listowel Collection Competition, Over the Edge New Writer Competition, Cuirt New Writing Award, Cork Literary Review and the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition. He has had poems published in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Mexico, Romania, India and Australia, runs the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site and is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group.