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16 October 2014
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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.

November Night, a Villanelle by Connaire McCullough

The rain dripping from the tree
as I stand smoking in the shed,
the rude wind searching for me.

As I shelter in the doorway I can see
drops dance in vain towards my head,
the rain dripping from the tree.

Slamming with the door against my knee,
he then torments the garden chair instead;
the rude wind searching for me.

The streetlight reflecting in wet leaves
now makes to burn a liquid red
the rain dripping from the tree.

Disturbing my thoughts he calls to me,
I hide from him ignoring what he said,
the rude wind searching for me.

Tonight I’ll be absorbed by the scene,
it will not leave me when I lie in bed:
the rain dripping from the tree,
the rude wind searching for me.


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