Alice had a mallet
and she swung it at a gannet
as it swooped
to steal her sandwich at the beach
Then the gannet landed on the
and with malice
pecked her hand that held the mallet
till she screeched.
She was really bleeding
but the tide was not receding
so she swung again
and nearly cracked his head
In the great commotion
they were swallowed by the ocean
as they fought for ham and bread
and now they’re dead.
Catherine Doherty Nicholls
Winner of no Poetry Ireland Competition, or any other competition, no published debut collection, nothing printed anywhere yet.
Her poems have been nominated for nothing so she’s nominating this poem to go on this page – a great place to start.
She is the curator of nothing. Her anthology doesn’t exist, yet she keeps going.
A student of Kevin Higgins.