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How to Kill a Living Thing ~ Eibhlin Nic Eochaidh

dead bird 3 by Amy Dover


Neglect it
Criticise it to its face
Say how it kills the light
Traps all the rubbish
Bores you with its green

Continually
Harden your heart
Then
Cut it down close
To the root as possible

Forget it
For a week or a month
Return with an axe
Split it with one blow
Insert a stone

To keep the wound wide open

~ Eibhlin Nic Eochaidh


image credit: pencil on paper, sketch by Amy Dover. You can find more of Amy Dover’s amazing work over at her blog www.amydover.com or on Twitter @amydoverdraws

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