Kerrie O’Brien


It was so quick
like the numb shock
of blood on your own skin
before the pulse and ache spread
in that blur before truth
settles and it hits
you lose yourself
the world slowed as
I felt your breath –
before I heard the words










Kerrie O’ Brien has been published in various Irish and UK literary journals including Southword and Orbis. Her poem Blossoms was chosen as the winning entry in the Emerging Talent category of the 2011 iYeats Poetry Competition and she was highly commended in the Over the Edge New Writer of The Year Competition 2011. She recently published a chapbook, Out of the Blueness. Her website is