‘The One Rule is Never to Fall in Love’ – Niall McDevitt

In this secret world, caught between the confusions,
my superiors have made me feel too self-important,
underpaid but with theoretical blank cheque
in the cosmos within the country within the city.
In the circus of deception the audience faces the tent
applauding the shadows of the acts within the ring
where the lion-tamer is—in fact—a taxidermist
who’ll never admit that the lions he tames are stuffed.
The skeleton in my flesh has been somehow turned.
I walk in the public world like a guillotined ghost.
Charm’s the veneer. Inside is a tissue of lies
nourished by barium meals and by chickenfeed.

The skeleton in my flesh has been somehow turned


Niall McDevitt is an Irish poet living in London. His debut collection ‘b/w’ (reviewed at The Fiend) is available from Waterloo Press.


About thefiendjournal

I was born in Blackpool, England and am currently based in Lancashire. Poems have been published in magazines in the U.K, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Canada, U.S.A and South Korea. A pamphlet; "MMV", was published in 2008. Hundreds of poems have been written in draft form, and multiple books are being planned and edited for future release. As well as editing 'The Fiend' I translate, paint and dabble in photography (images of which have occasionally been used here).
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