Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, in Collective Memory

Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)


Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, in Collective Memory

April sideways rain on Leabgarrow strand.
You read Peadar O'Donnell on a bunk
by a salt-streak window, The Gates Flew Open.

The Youth Hostel is middle-of-the-week
empty... you are king of solitude, days away
from love... Flemish backpack girl in corduroy.

This was decades ago, before any Arranmore pub
grew (broken beer bottle to the neck) murderous.
Daylight at 3 a.m., she fries eggs and  pork sausage.

A kiss from the Flemish girl each time a donkey
brays its grief, Ochone, ochone, at least I'm not
a pint of an inbred mutt, deaf in all four ears. 



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