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(County Mayo, August 14, 1990)

by Séamus Scanlon

This is the place.

Brambles and blackberry bushes rampant.

This is the time.

Dusk ebbing on its last tide.

This is the sound.

A dog barking faintly across the Moy.

This is the smell.

The soothing waves of peat smoke.

This is the season.

Warm August mist falling slowly.

This is the reason.

A drink of water for a dying soldier.

This is the way.

No mercy.


Séamus is a writer from Ireland (who once won the Gemini Magazine Short Story Competition!). Recent accomplishments include a Queens Foundation Award for bilingual version of “The Long Wet Grass” (English/Irish) at the Moore Jackson Community Garden in Woodside, Queens; winning the One-Act All-Ireland Drama Festival in December 2022 with his play Dancing at Lunacy; inclusion in the Fuel Poverty Anthology (February, 2023), The Flash Fiction Day Anthology (June 2023), the Americas Poetry Festival Anthology (October 2023) and the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology (December 2023). The Spanish translation of The McGowan Trilogy will be published in 2024. A short film based on his story “Wanderlust” will be shot in Ireland in Spring 2024.

May 2024