Involuntarily awake


Involuntarily awake

(at Kinlay House)

A chainsaw commencing.                                                                                                                 The grunting of boars.                                                                                                                  Death rattle in the trenches of Flanders.                                                                             Grumble of a young man’s stomach in the early morn.                                                          Tyres rolling slowly on abrasive asphalt.                                                                                          A sound like charcoal getting crushed under a door.

Roar of thunder on a hot summer afternoon.                                                                        Clatter of an old moped standing at the stoplight.                                                              Tearing a glued carpet off a concrete floor.                                                                                      A scree avalanche roaring down toward the valley.                                                        Somebody practising for a competition in snoring.                                                                        A chainsaw at-rest.

Can you imagine now what kept me up all night?


(Published in The Wild Word, Issue 41, The Long Summer Nights, July 29, 2019)

About Trackking

SVEN KRETZSCHMAR is a poet and writer from the the southwest of Germany. He writes poems in English (and, rarely, in German) and absurd short prose in German. Aside from writing, he sometimes expands his creative work to painting, drawing and book illustrations. Sven Kretzschmar is a poet and writer from the southwest of Germany, who has read Philosophy and English at Saarland University (BA), Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy in Luxembourg (MA) and Medical Ethics at UCD (MLitt). His poetry has been published in the OTwo magazine of UCD’s The University Observer, the catullan, Skylight 47, and Coast to Coast to Coast, Ropes, and The Wild Word among others, and he was awarded 1st prize in the Creating a Buzz in Strokestown competition 2018. Further work has appeared with Poetry Jukebox in Belfast and is forthcoming Smithereens Literary Magazine and in several anthologies from Irish publishers scheduled for autumn 2019. Sven is the illustrator of Grimwig and Bert Borrone’s Perpetual Motion, both authored by Bert Hornback, and the editor of Think Pieces. Food for Thought (a festschrift). He is the current acting chairman of the German-Irish Society Saarland and a former coordinator of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies as well as of the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies.
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