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On A Girl Trying to Maintain Her Dignity

At the end of the night on orange-hued streets
leaving behind blue Day-Glo Alcopops
the twisting and the grooving of techno beats
an overweight girl stumbles along shuttered shops
mascara has run down smudged puppy fat cheeks
long since she has thought of rhymes and forget-me knots


With an unsteady lurch to the left and move to the right
" Mary had a little lamb "; her mother called her " Joan"
moving towards the nest amidst the Belfast night
dong goes the Albert clock, half past an hour nearer home.
Soon the dawn will rise and bring the face to the light
night-club rejects half dazed, somewhere still roam


And as Mary's little lamb makes her way pasture bound
small ripples of whimpers rise in the mouth and sound.


By Neil Joseph Burns

Rhythm 'n' Rhyme Showcase

Al Smyth - Reflections
Alice McGuiness - Each and Every One of Us
Anonymous - Trish and Jo on the Hugo Show
Anonymous - The Cat's Prayer
Anonymous - Radio Ulster Prayer
Anonymous - The Hairdresser's Prayer
Carolann North - Drinking by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Colin T Mercer - How I Start Each Day
Dan Eggs - Work
Daniel Egede - Work
Edward Robinson - Knackered
Emma Jones - The Storm
Emma Jones - Working
Geraldine McMullan - The Plumber's Daughter
Jean Vance - A Silent Cry
Jennifer M Frew - Serenity
Louise Mercer - Birds
Paul Jeffcutt - In Employment
Peter King - Rathlin
Neil Joseph Burns - On A Girl Trying to Maintain Her Dignity
Neil Joseph Burns - The Night Weaver
Sean Mullin - 3722
Steve Ormsby - To War, To Death
Vincent Marmion - At the Bar
Vincent Marmion - Overpowering
Vincent Marmion - The Party After the Funeral

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