Owen Gallagher- Three Poems

The Galway Review

owenOwen Gallagher is from Gorbals, Glasgow, and lives in London. His poems have been published widely in the UK, Ireland and abroad. He has awards from The London Arts Board and The Society of Authors. He has won poetry competitions and his poems have been displayed on London buses and in public places in Ireland and on the Listening Wall, Southbank Centre, London at the Poetry International Festival, 2014.


The Peat Door

Take this door, carved from peat,
to hang on your key-ring,
it leads to a blanket bog,
housed in wind and light;
acres of peace.

There is turf to build an igloo
for shelter,
cotton to dream on,
a stream to sup.

The bog protects and preserves
and serves as a filter,
it absorbs darkness,
fuels hope.

On leaving fill your pockets with heather
for the lapels of strangers,
moss as an insole
for your journey.


‘McAlpine’s Fusiliers’…

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