Francis Hesketh

Francis Hesketh is a writer from Belfast. Their work can be found in The Tangerine & Poetry Ireland Review.

Garden poem

No clouds. Island

still covered, but elsewhere.


No birds. Cat killed them all.

Perfect stillness of


slightly shaking tree.

Coffee interrupts.


Money & energy

& commission.


Look at the not-

roses. They’re white &


look like roses. Grass is cut by mow.



Meow. Cat’s back & chasing butterflies.

Violent image. Butterflies


are beautiful. She hunts moths at night

& they’re not beautiful but she


doesn’t see the difference

between these objects.