Dermot McGarthy


Postcard from Basildon


(For Music Lovers Everywhere)


A Central European girl,
Of all the things to do,
Wasted her Sunday afternoon,
Humming down outdated tunes,
On worn out street corners,
Awed, and brand new.
The place was empty,
Of the pictures in her head,
The made up faces,
Who they saw, what they said.
Felled by the axe of history,
Pubs, clubs, houses, and lives,
Saved in the souvenir of a song, forever,
As time and place contrive.

That’s why they wrote those songs, I told her,
That’s why they always do,
To lasso in, the heart of imagination,
To brand it, and,
Make it’s illusion true.
There are no postcards from this place,
A pinpoint on a map,
Made familiar, by a face.
Just a town to come from,
To grow up in, and,
Then to leave.
Where wondrous, simple, and brutal things,
Are born perennial,
Timeless to retrieve.

Submitted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Basildon is a town in Essex, England, where among other the rock group Depeche Mode hail from. Thisa poem is aboput a young girl's fascination with same.

Comments about this poem (Postcard from Basildon by Dermot McGarthy )

Enter the verification code :

  • Hazel Durham (3/28/2013 9:15:00 AM)

    Original with the beat of music flowing through it like an incoming tide with the rawness of life sweetened by her obsession with Depeche Mode!
    Brilliant write! (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. Le Poète en Silhouette, Hebert Logerie
  2. We will do all that, do not worry, Bashyam Narayanan
  3. A Day Off From A Life Sucking Business..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  4. The Death of Science {A Stroke of Time}..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  5. Estuary Of Words, Captain Cur
  6. Time & Consequence At Cafe 12, After Mid.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  7. A witful presence of life, Piyush Dey
  8. Read and just not recite, Bashyam Narayanan
  9. A sweet word is an inspiration, umaprosad das
  10. Last Words, Deborah DeNicola

Poem of the Day

poet Sir Walter Scott

The moon's on the lake, and the mist's on the brae,
And the Clan has a name that is nameless by day;
Then gather, gather, gather Grigalach!
Gather, gather, gather Grigalach!

...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]