“Raw” by Eimear Bourke

Acceptable in a fine dining restaurant
When wrapped in seaweed
and served with a dab of wasabi
Not with scales on
Or bones intact
Liable to get caught between teeth
Rawness has to be refined
Polished and presented
Don’t come to me with your pure emotion
Messy and unclean
I want plated perfection
A mint to mask the smell


Eimear Bourke is an Irish idealist and perpetual dreamer. Raised in Navan, Co. Meath, she currently lives with her girlfriend in Dublin. Driven by a belief in purpose and fatalism, her poems are shaped by themes such as nature, interpersonal relationships, sexuality and memory. She is inspired by Rita Ann Higgins and Yrsa Daley-Ward.