When I die the world will stop spinning
And die too
The man on the radio said we’d inhabit Mars
I won’t be around, that won’t happen
They need to stop making space plans
I will be a form, a shape, a number, a colour, a sound
All will end with me.


Theresa Ryder was PA to author, J.P. Donleavy for many years then went on to graduate MA (Classics) and a teaching degree. She won the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, 2015 and was selected to read at the Women X Borders Readathon (Irish Writers Centre). Her work has been published in various literary journals. She is currently working on a novel. Twitter @asincup

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