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Are you ready? by John Corless

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Are you ready?

Corless, John

When the row with the wife has gone
on for over a week and your neck
and lower back hurt from sleeping
on the dirty green sofa –
and when the chips you got in McDonalds
Drive-Thru fall in to the space
around the handbrake and you’re sorry
now that your toe-nail clippings
are still there, and you made the mistake
of putting your only white shirt
into the washing machine
along with the lawnmower,
are you ready?

Are you ready to admit that it was you
who ran over Bozo in 1997 and broke
his front legs, that the hundred pounds
she saved for Santa went on the fourth
placed certainty in the three-ten at Newmarket,
that it was you who ran up the phone bill
on the sex lines,
that you do sometimes drink and drive,
that you occasionally wear
your wife’s lingerie,
that the job interview really was golf,
that you do secretly fancy Susan Kelly,
that you once voted for the PDs?

Are you ready?
Are you ready to admit?
Are you ready to admit
that maybe it was you that was in the wrong
all along?


First broadcast on Liveline, RTE Radio 1, hosted by Joe Duffy, October 3rd 2008.


Copyright John Corless 2009

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