Wearing a shirt from Baltimore, Maryland,
with the city + state proudly exclaimed in
light heather grey.
I have never set foot on a Maryland street,
though my mother’s name is Mary.
I have only stayed in BLT for four hours
on a lay-away lay-over to get back to
Rule Britannia via Iceland via Balt-i-more,
I have never been in Baltimore,
couldn’t tell you how they speak.
I am a liar.
Someone kill me.
Swell of the Liffey go,
and away my soul within its waves go.
Tobacco sour turns into tobacco nice
Wave my hair down days
later and I smell it still as I go.
Tobacco smell and North Beach
sand do not leave easily,
and nor would I grant them easy leave to go.
To Dublin City where I met my one,
To Dublin North to consecrate
the meeting of joined words.
and Nicotine sing.
Shared drinks unite
locked in with trad band and we.
His greyed hair.
Mine blue eyes.
Alone he sits,
with thoughts within.
Dublin man, Dublin true.
Chasing current politics from
de Valera and Collins,
fifty year on
since tainted treaty.
Centrist right governments, Dublin
man says. To my left he sits and
thinks of changed governments.
He’ll vote now Sinn Fein but Adams,
he says, has got to go.
Fifty years of Liffey swells,
of broken hearts and thrown rings in its
beds does it keep.
Fifty years of same Fáill and Gael.
But Dublin stays and so it goes,
with my troubled Dublin man and I
Do I prefer the ink-stained fingers
to a purple-blue heart?
Little will I care to share.
Little less will I care to know.
Behind covered eyes + quickened pulse
my act never brought me close to this
Will I never look up to see God’s command?
Forever will I sit head fitted against
songs of freedom
only made from a purple-blue bruised
My hand grows nicer by the night.
Alone, sit, to this detention of heart’s desire.
‘No not yet’ St Andrew whispers.
‘No not yet despite your heart’s desire.
Trust in me, will you fellows see.’
Listens the beggar beyond belief.
patty-cake they played and won with
themselves. Their thighs wearing soldiers marks
from a soldiers tune march.
They all would away from Jungle and play
war until their deaths. Saved by the Western world,
ill thought of their graves.
Life to them, saved by faith, was of childish wonder
and even more childish taste.
To those I envy behind my wooden scowl.
To those whom God blesses in his prayers
before he rests.
To those who away and anger by all who didn’t
pass the test.
For whom the bell toils, it ain’t for all. God’ll
For whom the bell toils, send my regards from this
godforsaken foreign soil.
Her denomination of faith was
called, ‘saved by a technicality’.
And that’s how she lived – in the best
of ways. Cailín of Eastern wind
that shallowed the lakes and breathed
warmth on the hearth.