the folk singer holds the room
in a spellbound trance.
you fall into the sound,
his voice gentle in its roughness
like a cat’s tongue on your cheek.
you are held captive
as the songs remind you,
like a subtle nudge to your elbow,
or stubble against your face,
of emotions you used to know.
Video is of Ciaran Lavery performing ‘American’ at the Courtyard Theatre in London.