By Louis de Paor
A bilingual poetry assortment (English & Irish-language) via Louis de Paor. A collaboration among 3 varied artists operating in 3 diverse media. Kathleen Furey's pictures of loss and separation and Ronan Browne's musical settings supply a counterpoint to Louis de Paor's poems, which fight always in the direction of mild and redemption.
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Two rules about thin ice. You can skate so long as you move Quickly, never stop. If you fall in Look up. Circle of light. * It passes like the moon. It turns like a wheel. Field of stones. City of blood. An ocean without a harbor. Bait without a hook. * One hand pressed Against my spine, One to my chest, she tilted me Back until the water lapped my head. • 29 • Willows dangling, Oaks retreating— Why do souls rise from here? How could they crave daylight? I reached up to embrace her Three times.
Once having built His house, little door No higher than his head, He found himself Floating in the bay. Boats rocked back and forth In the marina and the water grew A deeper, lustier green. He remembers His sneakers, The way they poked From the bottom of his jeans As if he were sleeping, Ready to get up. 18 • • 2. He left himself behind. Two children rolled a ball Along the quay—they moved Their fingers expertly And he stood still. Mind ordering itself as it wills The body; mind refusing what it wills.
Dust that blinds. Lake beside the graveyard. White swan frozen in the lake— I skated past it, Circled back. * No color, all brushwork. Room full of smoke. There was a hand before my face and I took it, I lived after dark. When it withdrew I lay down in the snow. The will to touch, To feel, answering The deepest human wish. 28 • • Not blankness; Richness of texture. * Two rules about thin ice. You can skate so long as you move Quickly, never stop. If you fall in Look up. Circle of light. * It passes like the moon.