Roisin Duffy

LIVING IN A GOLDFISH

BOWL


I’m watching a boy

who is watching a fish

swimming round and round

in a goldfish bowl,

exposed to his eye

with nowhere to hide.


The boy watches

in pure fascination

how the little fish tries to hide,

in a bowl with no corners

and nowhere to go.


He doesn’t see me

watching, that boy,

engrossed as he is

in watching the fish.


But little by little,

a creeping sensation

prickles the back of my neck –

as I stand there,

watching the boy

who is watching the fish,

who is watching my back?


copyright Roisin Duffy

Title: LIVING IN A GOLDFISH

Price: €400. Size: 19” x 19”.

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