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Clifton Redmond

Rookie (7-4-1982 / Carlow)

North of a rural town


On a humped stone bridge
north of a rural town
beneath the green hills
at the walls end

Where a valley strewn
and a glacier dragged
forked through the dunes
in an anxious sweep

The scattered granite spits
above on a green sleeve
soft splints of sand stone
almost hidden in moist moss
In the garden of eternity
where all her children sleep
cradled in her sullen arms
watching over sunken fields

And she stands there in the distance
shouldered by a fading sky
above the muttering currents
that whisper in the rapids

Where a bard cries tears
into hands like scratched wood
whiskey drops splashing
on his hobnailed boots

Crying for the wind to stop
and leave him less reminded
but the daisy shins shimmer
as the thistle weeds wave

Submitted: Monday, June 03, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 02, 2013

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  • Rookie Martin Meyler (8/28/2013 9:59:00 AM)

    Sad reality for one lonely soul freed in his natural surroundings. i think this poet has the most beautiful way of bringing words to life (Report) Reply

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