Post Mortem

Imagine having a post-mortem on your birthday …


digging into


the archeology of life


mapping the lifescape

mining the lapses

misunderstanding the stone


burial chambers

Growing up among

berberis, hawthorn, briars

cabbages and chickens

Living with

memories, mountains and memorials

to failures.

Glory be to Paul the Failure

In the Beginning was the Bang

when the whiskey bottle slipped

from his fingers onto tiles.

And the Smell was with Father and Mother until beyond Lent.

Born to be bewitched, bothered and blind

As if Genesis was transcribed into the Jungle where we’re born to find

the map of the maze that is to come to


Everyman and Everywoman,


animals that have a good night’s sleep,

speak over breakfast,

slave all day,

skimp on sex

and suffer


Never an autopsy

No suspects

Natural causes

A birthday deceased

and laid to rest with honours,





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Paul O'Mahony

I'm Paul O'Mahony (Poet). On Twitter you can reach me @Omaniblog A father. I work as business storytelling consultant - Podcaster - Blogger - Live streamer via Periscope - Foodie - I love to connect with people. . Live in Glanmire, Cork Ireland Europe

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