We Gulp Down Minutes and Hours....

We Gulp Down Minutes and Hours as If There Will Always be Seconds

I sat in French class gazing up at beautiful words meaningless to me sailing softly over my head the teacher told me and another philistine to leave the class to find another we walked down the corridor sniggering the shame away

he knocked on the door of another classroom and was gone I walked on out of the school and sat in the shade of a hundred-year-old tree I did that every day for a year I was never missed I did not learn French but I saw how insects run to sunrays I discovered music and heartbeats in creaks and swishes I watched old crisp packets become playthings for the wind I saw my physics teacher hiding in his car sucking on a whiskey bottle we caught eyes once and nodded and forgot about each other I did not learn French

I run my fingers along the braille of your skin searching for meaning for an original thought for something new for anything but there is nothing this sentence has been written before

so has this one

Watching a French Film in a Dublin Cinema, Twelve Years Ago

Our illuminated faces two hundred moons the film was French subtitled everyone was laughing a little too long don’t get me wrong it was funny a little but not near as funny as the moon faces seemed to think

maybe it was me maybe I just needed to lighten up relax let myself enjoy it I waited for the next wave felt the swell of it watched something mildly funny laughed as long and as hard as the rest of them and, just like that I was an asshole

Steve Denehan is an award-winning poet who lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. He is the author of "Miles of Sky Above Us, Miles of Earth Below" (Cajun Mutt Press), "Of Thunder, Pearls and Birdsong" (Fowlpox Press), "Living in the Core of an Apple" (Analog Submission Press) and "A Chandelier of Beating Hearts" (upcoming with Salmon Poetry). His numerous publication credits include The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Acumen, Westerly and Into The Void. He has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poet and has been twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize. His Twitter handle is @SteverinoD and he is on Facebook as Shmengelbert Shmumperdinck