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Deep in the night
Deep in a man’s chest
The Harm is alive and it grows
To the sound of an old
Asthmatic accordion
That drifts through a window
Too high to close

A man medicated
Sleeps through the dose

The Harm is red like cod roe
Or white like a cauliflower rose
And works through the night
Deep in a man’s chest
Under rosaried knuckles
Latticed in hope
Tired and jaundiced
His eyes moved and spoke:

“Where to begin?
It’s hard, but, at the same time,
There is no rest like sleep
And no joy like relief

As I reflect on the comfort of family life
With its magic and chaos
In Brownian Motion
And of course the visitors
Who are so kind to come
And the children who climb and ask questions
And bring you a love as simple as potatoes”

There with the television blaring
An afternoon passes itself
As the Harm makes progress
Blind, dumb and determined
Quiet and violent
Acting alone

It works under principles
True but unknown

Beside the bed on a locker
A candle is lighting the prayers
To St John of Hospitals
“Provide for and pray for us”
St Albert of Science
“Remember and pray for us”
St Jude of ‘What next?’
“Tell us, what should we expect?”

“And so here I am
Having failed to defy
The actuarial bets on my life
I’m to set, I suppose,
Some kind of final example
Of how to suffer with grace and patience

But all men dying, howsoever devout
Hit the knot in the grain of the wood
Caused by doubt
And sleep with a fear unconfided”


from Dictionary Crimes, released September 14, 2012



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Mumblin Deaf Ro Dublin, Ireland

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro is a Dublin-based songwriter who has released three albums to date. Ro's third album 'Dictionary Crimes' was released by Popical Island in September 2012. The album decsribes what it is like to be part of a family. It was selected as Irish album of the year by Nialler9 and the Irish Independent and was nominated for the Choice Music prize for album of the year. ... more

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