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"Hyper-vigilant" by Shannon Morrissey


Title image shows a nightime view the Sydney Opera House.

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Published September 1st, 2023


by Shannon Morrissey
(Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Ever since I met you,
I've forgotten what safety feels like

I've searched for danger in the lines
On peoples' faces,

Made maps of their voices,
Rising and falling,
Like paper lanterns losing flight,

What goes up must come down,
I repeat, as sirens blare from his hands,

I punish the world for your mistakes,
In case the world never punishes you,

Ever since I met you,
The whole world is guilty

Shannon Morrissey: I moved to Sydney from Ireland to pursue writing and create with the talented people in this city. This submission was written about my sexual assault in 2021 prior to my moving here.

This poem is included in Poetry World #7, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Australia Poetry Magazine:
Chance Encounter Along the Line
by Allan Lake

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