Wounded: Gerry Hanberry

Wounded: Gerry Hanberry

This time,

day-late flowers

will not suffice


to dress the purple wounds

of another week

spent listening


for his front-door fumble,

muttered oaths,

the creaking stairs.


This time, no half-baked story,

no stale-beer kiss

will sooth the harm.


His blade, at last,

has found its mark,

its steel has left her cold.



About the author

Gerard Hanberry

Gerard Hanberry is an award-winning poet who lives in Galway, Ireland. His fourth collection What Our Shoes Say About Us (Salmon Poetry) was published in July 2014. This follows At Grattan Road also published by Salmon Poetry in 2009. Hanberry’s two earlier collections were published by Stonebridge Publications, Wales. He is also the author of a biography of Oscar Wilde and the Wilde family called More Lives Than One – The Remarkable Wilde Family Through the Generations (The Collins Press, 2011). A second non-fiction book, On Raglan Road – Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them was published by The Collins Press in October 2016. His work has been published widely in Ireland and abroad and has been included in various anthologies. He was recently included in the Penguin’s Anthology Windharp – Poems of Ireland from 1916. A stone plaque inscribed with his poem The Kasbah on Quay Street was unveiled on Quay St. Galway in April 2015. Gerard Hanberry holds and MA in Writing from NUI, Galway where he teaches part time on the BA Connect (Creative Writing, Poetry) course. He also teaches English at St Enda’s College, Salthill.

One Response to Wounded: Gerry Hanberry

  • Purple | Sixteen Magazine

    […] Our featured poet this month was a featured writer in the first volume of Sixteen Magazine. Gerry Hanberry has written a deeply affecting poem called Wounds and focuses on the purple colour of a bruise. The poem starts off with the reader believing he or she is possibly reading a love poem but very quickly has the rug pulled under as it descends into the awful experience of domestic abuse. Gerry successfully achieves this without the slightest sense of melodrama and allows the simple words fill the reader with a gasp. Read Gerry’s poem here >> […]

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