• Croker

    you are walking down old jones road hats scarfs and headbands you are marching behind the artane boys’ band you are climbing the steps of the hogan stand to lift the liam mccarthy you are playing for your county

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Cold Dead Trees poem by Luke dunne

    Cold Dead Trees

    From sliotars being hit around a wet, cold pitch, Until some fool hits it into the deep, dark ditch. Long hours doing homework in the lonely cold night, To the rapid retreat of the hard day light. Marooned in the claret and the white of Clara, In my sister’s high heels and me Mam’s mascara. […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Breath by Niamh Bambrick


    Isn’t it weird how you can be breathing one minute And not the next, How it can just stop? You never know when you last breath is going to be, It could happen any minute. How you use your last breath, that’s what’s weird. Do you use it to say goodbye? Do you use it […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for An Irish Parish poem

    An Irish Parish

    It was a lazy Sunday. Getting up late was a seldom treat, The day living up to its name as my eyes squinted at opening the blind. I decided to go for a walk, looking for something to write. I heard the distant sound of a car so I automatically stepped off the road. An […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for The Perfect Profile by Sinead Flynn

    The Perfect Profile

    Living through a screen. Comparing, judging Self-worth based on likes Your recent profile Insecurities, anxieties Slowly building Scrolling, scrolling Passing time Anonymous users Immature losers A world obsessed A world depressed Not knowing when To unplug, switch off Stuck In an endless sea of negativity. Stop Shutdown, cut down Put down. Don’t drown. Breathe. It’s […]

  • Help the People illustration by Ale Mercado

    Help The People

    There are people, half way across the world. They are scared. They fear for their lives and their families’ lives. They flee from their homes, in hope of a better life. They make the hard journeys, the tough ones. They cross oceans. Some won’t make it, some will. They hide in trucks to cross borders. […]

  • Illustration for home by Ale Mercado


    Blocks of flats on the Ballymun road, My brain’s gone into bleedin’ overload. Ma’s on the couch and i just can’t see How the hell she came up with me. Walking down the street Where the greenmen meet, Couldn’t see it then They were so discreet. Ma’ grabbed my by the arm, No she didn’t […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for It don't Matter To Us poem

    It Don’t Matter To Us

    Kids in agony at home waiting on hospital beds Been waiting two years, the urgency’s gone to red See their stories on the news, the next day it’s out of our heads Sure why would we care? It don’t matter to us. One of Mam’s friends on her way home from town The next day […]

  • Ale Mercado Illustration for My Poem by Louise Kelly

    My Poem

    They say education is most important Yet my first day of secondary school I got given out to Because I had 2 pairs of earrings in my ears They say education is most important Yet they seem more focused On if we have our hair dyed too colourful Or if we don’t have acceptable shoes […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Sixteen poem


    The silence streams, Winding its way down blind canals, Quenching screams behind closed doors. There’s always a whisper that worms its way through And from that I believe that all the knowledge in my mind has emerged, Caught in hushes Swept among the rushes And places I wasn’t supposed to be, My person forged from […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Metamorphosis poem


    To my sister, age 7 Still learning, discovering Innocent and young Wanting so much to grow up but Little do you know That growing up isn’t all that great Growing up means disappointment Growing up means midnight tears Deafening daylight laughter Screaming mirrors Growing up means pressure and loneliness But growing up isn’t all that […]