For June's Poem of the Month, I have chosen the poem Attempts At What? by John O'Malley
It is taken from his new collection Invisible Mending.












ATTEMPTS AT WHAT?


Getting in touch with something tangible
All the world and its mother – my own failing

Coming up to a century of toughing it out –
This man alongside me repairing a side fence

He went missing the weekend – assumed
It was Spain – certain sameness surrounds

Us blurting out the minimum details
Sitting on the freshly varnished bench

He won’t even spell out the dead man’s
Name – we are so ashamed of events

Completely outside our control –
The effect it has on us – work –

Sweat some more – drink something
A little stronger than tea – love everyone

Living as they walk and talk – the unnamed
One has decided to keep his Secret forever
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