Seamus Scanlon – THREE – NIL

High on a Northern Hill
The Golgotha shuffle ended for some.

Fire tried girls
Fetched them in.

I walked in.
The Locomotion was playing.

Everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now
(C’mon baby do the loco-motion)
I know you’ll get to like it
If you give it a chance now
(C’mon baby do the loco-motion)

They did not see me.
I remember that.

The music played on.
The girls grabbed their bags and ran out the front door.
They pulled it closed after them.
The impact rattled the window panes of the front room.
I remember that.

The boys sobered up – standing up.
Poor boy Brit soldiers.
I shot the three of them once each.
They fell adoration wise.
I remember that.

I shot them each again.
Into their close-cropped teenage skulls
They slouched on the sofa now for good.
They bled away from me.

Next day we drove past the grey wall.
Near the Ligoneill shops.

I stayed low in the back seat.

Teens walked by wearing parallels and thin bomber jackets and skinhead hair cuts
Nonchalantly pointing at the fresh whitewash daubing for press photographers.


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Seamus Scanlon
Seamus Scanlon is a writer from Galway and is an award winning librarian and Associate Professor at City College’s Centre for Worker Education. His prize winning flash fiction piece "The Long Wet Grass" (Fish Publishing, 2011) was the opening story in the fiction collection "As Close As You’ll Ever Be" (2012). "The Long Wet Grass" play followed as part of "The McGowan Trilogy" (Arlen House 2014) which was produced in New York, Galway, Westport, Hastings (UK) and is heading for Tokyo in 2018. The film version of "The Long Wet Grass" was shot in County Mayo in late 2016 and had its Irish premiere at The Clare Island Film Festival on September 3, 2017. Screening in San Francisco, New York, Williamsburg, IndieCork and The Kerry Film Festival followed. His latest book "Irlanda en el corazón" is the Spanish translation of "As Close As You’ll Ever Be" with the title "Ireland in the Heart". He is working on a play "The Blood Flow Game" and screenplays for "THREE-NIL" and "The Butterfly Love Song". The film version of "The Resurrection Love Song" is due for release in 2018. Contact: or