Underside – James Patrick Carraghan

Nails stick through the belly of an unfinished ceiling.

They make finger marks across the floor,

like ever-frozen sundials.


Pulled from gravity’s craters,

these fingers hold the house together

and retrieve it from heaps of reconstructed material.


A naked house is the width of a city map.

These creatures are not used to light.


Every trip down the tripping-down stairs

exposes these creatures, who are distant and unfamiliar

        cousins to the naked bulb,

each of whom are devoid of gloves and hats.



James Patrick Carraghan James Patrick Carraghan is a regular columnist for Terse Journal and contributing writer at Vada Magazine (UK). He is currently working on a perpetually evolving manuscript. His website is: https://librarynevercloses.wordpress.com/. Follow him on Twitter @Libraryboy22.

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March 12, 2018 at 2:05 AM

[…] poem I wrote, “Underside,” has been published in the March 2018 issue of Parentheses Journal. It’s my first appearance there and my first published work of poetry in almost a […]

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