A Countdown in Poems to the Irish Arts Center PoetryFest

Poem #4: Mother Visits The Orphanage, by Connie Roberts

October 23, 2015  By Literary Hub

For the next nine days Literary Hub will help in counting down the days until the seventh-annual Irish Arts Center PoetryFest begins by publishing a poem, as selected by festival co-curator Belinda McKeon. 


Mother Visits The Orphanage, by Connie Roberts


Would you like to come home and live with us again, pet?

No, Ma, I’m grand here.


Your father would be very happy.

You know you’re his favourite.

No, Ma, honest, I’m grand here.


He really misses you.

He cries at night by the fire.

I’ll write letters to him, Ma.


He’ll give up the drink if you come home.

Sure, amn’t I grand here, Ma.


Please, child, he’ll stop beating me if you come home.

I’m sorry, Ma.


If he kills me, I’ll come back and haunt you.



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