Michael J. Whelan – Three Poems

The Galway Review

promo picMichael  J. Whelan is a poet and historian living in Tallaght, CountyDublin. He served as a peacekeeper with the Irish Army in South Lebanon and Kosovo. He was 2nd Place Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2011 (short listed 2012) and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2012. He was 3rd place winner in the Jonathan Swift Creative Writers Award (poetry) 2012. His poems and short stories have been published in Cyphers, Crannog and The Moth.


It happens on a Thursday, just after 2pm,
when ancient cultures and beliefs conspire
and vultures spiral above a peacekeepers’ camp,
where cedars age slowly and the Litani River
caresses the ground where Jesus turned water
into wine, where artillery salvos rip the air
on their long flight and bite deep, deep into
that place of safety vaporizing its concrete
walls and burning and blistering and tearing

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