Pat O'Hora

Creative writings: Samhain 2015; Oiche Samhaine and Pangur.

Sloe bush in Ireland
Photographer: Evelyn Simak
Pat O'Hora reading his creative writing
Paul Sherwood

Oiche Samhaine 

“Stay in! Stay in!”

The dead cavort outside

No place for humans

Devilment and Diabhalaiocht abound

They’re crapping on Haws and Sloes and Damsons

Dead hordes back for an otherworldly stag night

Distracting us from the mundane



He alighted from the back of a van and decided to stay. 

He was a big fellow, dark , long haired.. 

He built up a relationship with the family and dined occasionally with us. 

He died weeks later, under the wheels of a tractor (Euro funded). 

His feline promise unfulfilled.


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