Cormac Culkeen – 1 poem

Bring Home A Rock


If you’re to bring home a rock,

Allow one that’s bright, veined

With crimson, yellow, mauve, or

Shows its hidden light in quartz.


Pick it from a beach, storied

Like a city with its people

Let it be one rubbed smooth

Or pierced ancient with seawater,


Crouch amongst them, allow

Daylight its search throughout

Its lines and hollows, address

Your waiting silence with breath


As sunset rusts a melt horizon,

Daubing its evening violent pink,

Molten orange, livid red, seabirds

Calls trawl the light as


Thrifty stars blink, waking

Over the slow rails of ships.


Shade it in a pocket, bring

It along Galway’s streets,

Busking voices trail open skies

Peppered with clouds and cobalt,


Let it rest in your palm,

Taking in waiting mountains

Silent for voices to guide it towards

Droplets salting from its form,

Not mist, nor rain.


Cormac Culkeen is a writer of poetry, fiction and short stories. He lives and works in Galway and is completing a BA Connect in Creative Writing in NUI Galway, returning to university full time as a mature student in 2018. His work has been published in The Burning Bush, Skylight 47 and The Wild Word poetry magazines. 

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

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