One of my grandfather’s brothers, Charlie,
approached my aunt’s husband-to-be
at their engagement party,
and said to Pat, this fiancé
Charlie had never met –– moreover,
said with a smile, as if it were a joke
worth sharing –– ‘We shot your uncle.’
Reproduced with kind permission of the author. This poem will feature on the Poetry Jukebox installation in IMMA from October 2023.