(i.m. Hassan Nabil Ahmed Nofal)

The search for shelter led you six feet deep –                                                                                   I imagine you playing football, wooden goal boxes, dusty hot ground.                     Spectators see: SHOT! The boy leaps into the wrong corner.                                                 Now his team must even up the score. Then: SHOT! The boy                                                falls into the corner, motionless, blood spilling from under his body.                                   The world, like spectators, stands disgraced by his grave.                                                        The only shelter for the dead are wooden boxes.


(Published in Turangalîla-Palestine, eds. John Ennis and David Mallaghan, Dairbhre, Sept. 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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