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Connaire McCullough
Connaire McCullough

Connaire is currently in the final year of an English degree at Queen’s university, Belfast. She has studied Creative Writing among her modules. She is 21 years old and a single mother. She lives in East Belfast with her son David and sister Kelly. Connaire wants to become a full-time writer.

Colours by Connaire McCullough
Sometimes I see a colour
and it instantly reminds me of a familiar memory.
Like the purple-red that my knees turned
as I stood in the cold waiting for the bus to school,
or the bottle green of my school skirt,
which always felt ugly.
Soft orange-brown was the tree-trunk-fence beside the bus stop
which held a nervous stance between the pavement and the large ditch.
Everyday the fence leaned further and further backwards
as the black-brown soil beneath it slipped away.
My mother said we shouldn’t sit on the fence,
in case we got splinters.

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A poem with layer upon layer of meaning.  Again, the mass of detail works really well.
Gerry McCullough

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