Donzo – A Poem (written on the back of a disability allowance rejection letter)

There are some things I’ve realised in 20 something years
such as
whales are bigger than
any other thing in the universe
that is smaller than a whale.
And
there are few things dirtier
than a dung beetle’s Christmas list,
perhaps other than the adult mind
sometimes,
or shoes at festivals.
In contrast to this,
there is nothing cleaner
than a heart of pure gold,
filled with Good Intentions
and nothing as rare.
There is nothing funnier
than a silly mistake
(of which I am very (prome) prone).
And sometimes,
there is no-one wiser
than a class clown,
and nothing lesser-spotted than their frown.
In fact,
there is no-one more critical
than oneself
(or myself,
yourself,
and both of our mothers).
I think that
there is nothing more abstract
than absolute certainty –
(or was it clarity?) –
and there is something quite intimidating
about what’s in-between.
Lastly,
there is something quite admirable
about the perseverance of mould,
and nothing is younger than
someone learning what it means to grow old.


A Poem (written on the back of a disability allowance rejection letter) by Donzo received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2021) judged by Paul McDonald.


Donzo is a 20 year old Irish artist who has recently entered the poetry scene. They enjoy creating art in many different forms through music, painting, and writing. “A Poem (written on the back of a disability allowance rejection letter)” is their first poem. 

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