Samhain 2015: Creative writing: Thirsty Work, The Visitor and more.
“Talk is cheap but it takes money to buy porter”,
grumbled Tommy D’Arcy,
as he fumbled in his soiled greatcoat for coins
that would help slake his thirst.
Tommy was a drover, driving cattle from Fair-Green to train.
Thirsty work, especially if cattle darted down side-streets,
pursued by truant boys.
I recall his weekly visit, though
His visit at Samhain terrorised.
The stories of fairies and síógs
Had us children petrified.
We slunked away,
Covering up our dread.