The Old House


The nasturtiums

have taken over the garden.

The house walls

are choking with ivy,

Stripped, striated,

in need of painting.

For new owners,

the boards go up.

Unneeded objects,

left behind,  are thrown away.

Outside, as I pass by,

the garden is the same,

Where we lived

laughing and drinking,

The end of our lives

until you died.

And I realize,

I still live there.


Image by Teresa Alexander-Arab




About Paul Gallagher

I was a script consultant on feature films including, 'The Bird Catcher' [2017], ‘Starred Up’ [2013] and ‘Desiree [2016]. My company is developing a number of film projects and we are looking for new ideas , Check out the site,I've had many short stories, poems, and articles published, and a book '‘Dancing In the Waves'’ [Mer 1998]. For ten years I was editor of ‘Screenwriter magazine.I have run European writing workshops and lead the MA Screenwriting programme at Birkbeck College,, London University. I founded and am on the board of Euroscript, the UK's premier independent script training company. My full profile is on

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