Jemma O’Donovan – 1 poem



You wafted the thick fog of smoke

away from the space between us,

and in the same movement,

you beckoned me forwards.

Your feeble hands trembled

and you slurred an invitation

as whisky-filled blood pumped

throughout the body you inhabited.


I shuffled towards you in my slippers

and Saturday morning pyjamas

and you lifted me on to your lap,

your uneasy fingers digging into my ribs,

shaking under the weight

of someone who used to be a toddler.

The cocktail of whiskey and tea

embraced the both of us

while you embraced me,

your willowy arms and raised veins

holding on until you couldn’t anymore.




Jemma O’Donovan 

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s