When a student near to Stephen's Green, the Irish author, James Joyce, was repelled by the place into which he was born. He must fly away to breath and create the magnificent writings he then developed abroad. So disgusted, he said "Ireland was the sow


Dedalus

here I sit

as he had sat

the view now

of cranes

as high as the sky

are not the cranes

he enjoyed

in St. Stephen's lake

 

I wonder what he

would think

sitting now

angry

I think

the verdant

tree blessed pastures

dismantled

by mammoth build

 

no sows

eating

innocent farrow

here now

just Mammon eating all

it sees until it belches

too full to consume more

 

take me away, please

take me away





Poetry by Peter Humphreys The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2020-02-23 at 19:25

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Nicely done. Now, Ireland is intolerable for a different reason.
2020-02-24