Poetry from a Dublin Scientist

Haikus 22/11/14

Disaster movies
Please don’t mention climate change
That’s impolitic

Charity giving
Even if it’s very small
Makes you feel better

My friend the wordsmith
Is performing tomorrow
I think I should go

Haikus 21/11/14

A new tradition
Inaugurated this week
Steak and movie night

Government backs down
Will that silence the masses?
Campaigners say “Nope!”

A hopeful action
No guarantee of success
Worth it just to try

Winter weather’s here
The cold made very much worse
By an empty bed

Stories in these Walls

Walk with me
Through these hallowed halls
Filled with history
Ghosts of men long gone
Filled with tales of forbidden love
Of the great torment of genius
Of culture’s great clash
Come with me my friend
Let me be your guide
As I tell you tales
The stories in these walls


You are distant now
Past forests and seas
Past clouds and the mountains that pierce them
Across the very world

Our separation is vast
Almost beyond comprehension
The width of the world between us
Keeping you from my arms

But I weep not
Because though the world keeps us apart
With a barrier of distance
We are still together

Together in our minds
Together in our hearts
And not even the distance of the world
Can keep my love from you



Haikus 04/11/14

Attractive woman
Hides beneath her overcoat
From lecherous eyes

At the coffee shop
A man spends his day waiting
For his life to start

Pictures on railings
Sold by struggling new artists
Seeking patronage

Cape in the Wind

Walking home
Halloween party reluctantly over
Costume half-off, half-on
Gone is the mask
But remaining, defiant
A cape, blood scarlet
Home, past merry revelers
Public urination
Brief moments of passion
I ignore them all
Only my homeward goal
Perhaps a quick stop for a bite
But nothing else
Only the rhythmic march of steps
The stars overhead
The cold night air
And my cape rustling in the wind
As I ponder a night to savour

Haikus 30/10/14

Patter of rain drops
Very little come at first
Start of a deluge

Rathmines’ new Blackbird
Toy spaceships hang from ceiling
What more do you need

I love halloween
Women can slut themselves up
Eye candy for all

Old Dublin city
So that everyone’s equal
Celebs are ignored

Limericks 29/10/14

Last night I spotted a mouse
On the bottom floor of my house
It showed no fear
And came quite near
As I nervously listened to Strauss

A old lady once made a fuss
While queuing to wait for the bus
Said she “I’ve no money to pay
But it’s raining all day
And my hair is a terrible muss!”


Dead, gone, passed on
Such simple words
Yet words that hold so much import
Words of ended families
Lives stopped in their prime
Hearts left void
Hurt beyond measure

We fear it, like we fear all unknowns
We fear the pain
We fear the loss to those we leave behind
We fear what will never be
We fear what may come after
We fear nothing
Because everything is gone
Melted away to oblivion

How we long sometimes
To reach beyond those simple words
To find again those we have lost
But such a power is beyond us
Death in its verbal simplicity
Shows absolute dominion
An impenetrable barrier
One way only

Written for Grammar Ghoul Challenge number 4


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