Friday Still-life, 2000, oil on paper, 10 x 14 ins.
From the studio archive
painted in Cork in 2000 - part of a series of still-life images
hope to show it in Sligo in November at Hamilton gallery.
This was inspired by visits to the English market in the city,
Queues of the faithful on Friday for sole
while earthbound souls swim free of nets.
Oysters clacking like castanettes; a waitress goes by with
a head on a silver platter.
The sky lowered -
backlit by towering rain.
Then it was heart plumet time;
tidal darkness at noon.
Later town was deserted,
a cross hanging in every window,
silver burnt like nails on the palms of children,
on the white host of the moon.