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Patrick G Hughes
Patrick G Hughes

Patrick was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone in 1972. He is a member of The B.E.A.M Centre and the Bardic Theatre Group. He has had poems published by Forward Press, Triumph House and others. His plays have been produced regionally and he founded, and is director of, Kreative Konnectionz Arts enterprise. 'Red Blood on a White Flag' recently won the Charlie Donnelly award.

The Backseat Driver by Patrick G Hughes

I took a drive in the devil’s Cadillac
down one way streets and cul de sacs;
Through red traffic lights and red stop signs –
          Me and the devil and the backseat driver,
We drove down the motorway at a slow speed
along green pastures where sacred lambs feed;
Increasing our speed when being chased by the past –
         Me and the devil and the backseat driver,
Lost on the back-roads with no exit in sight
we came across three old farmers who told us “Turn right”.
Travelling towards the shining of a distant star –
        Me and the devil and the backseat driver,
Stopping at the cross-roads at the break of day
we each wanted to go our separate ways.
Donegal, Belfast or Dungannon town –
        Me and the devil and the backseat driver,
We flipped a coin and decided to go back
down one way streets and cul de sacs;
Along green pastures on motorway lanes –
        Me and the devil and the backseat driver,
Increasing our speed in the rush-hour past.
On hometown roads, the stones were being cast.
With frustrated hearts, we embraced the sins –
        Me and the devil and the backseat driver,
Our journey ends and life begins…

 

 



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