Aubade with Half a Lemon on the Summer Solstice

Padraig Regan
Sleep was a paltry wafer
after we’d come back
from watching the tide
expose the beach’s softer
districts & the sun
beginning to spill through
a murder-hole in an
architrave of clouds. The
open half of a lemon had
been left in the kitchen,
weeping into the grain of
the table. The table
corresponds with the
woody pips; the lemon
corresponds with a
breakfast of fried eggs &
butter melting into a slice
of toast. It donated its
other half to the piquancy
of gin & tonics. I squeeze
out what’s left of the juice
& a paper cut I didn’t know
I had begins to sing
Puccini’s Vissi d’Arte.

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Padraig Regan is a poet from Belfast. They are the author of two pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017). They are currently one of the Ciaran Carson Writing and The City Fellows at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Belfast.

A Poetry Book Society Spring 2021 Special Commendation

Edited by Michael Schmidt and John McAuliffe, this is the latest in Carcanet's celebrated introductory anthology series presenting work by two dozen poets writing in English from around the world.

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