The Outlaws

It used to be that you needed to clench a fist
and throw it
to be a law breaker
that you needed to steal or break
hurt or kill
plot or connive

with the world in lockdown
it is against the law
to be more than 2km from home

our bicycles squeaked
we creaked
the sun shone
we sung
the world spun beneath our wheels

the canal road dusty, potholed
deserted, ours
and with skids and wheelies
we breached our 2km radius
free and wild


Steve Denehan lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. He is the author of two chapbooks and one collection with several collections forthcoming including “A Chandelier of Beating Hearts” from Salmon Poetry. Twice winner of Irish Times’ New Irish Writing, his numerous publication credits include Poetry Ireland Review, Acumen, Westerly and Into The Void. He has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poet and has been twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Kildare, Ireland

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