joe2poetry

Poetry from a Dublin Scientist

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Airplanes fly over

Soldiers march along the street

The diceocho

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The ground is shaking

But I don’t feel anything

Engrossed in my work

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I light a candle

An offering for loved ones

To show that I care

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Your Eyes

They are there

Upon me when I first see you

Green with just the faintest hint of brown

Sparkling in the lights of the city,

Like the finest diamonds

I am drawn to them,

As if they’re all there is I want to know

I get close, they get wider

I see myself looking back

Deep from within your eyes

 

For you

You saved the letters I wrote

The rough prose and youthful hand an unfamiliar receptacle for familiar feelings

I found them in your dresser drawer

The one place truly yours in a life totally shared

I had never opened it

Not in all the years since we moved in together

Not through the highs and the lows of decades together

Not even those final hard years of sickness

I thought about keeping them

A memory of how I felt

The love that makes what I have to do the hardest thing I ever did

But I don’t need to

My love for you is the only thing still bright as the rest of me fades

I instead have decided to place them with you

In the casket

As you take your final rest

For those letters

Like my heart

Are for now and forever

For you

 

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I lit the candles

An offering to the gods

To help whom I love

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Seven Months ago

I was melting in summer

What difference it is

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Filters for my tank

Clogged with green strands of algae

Clearing it won’t last

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Rain came here last week

It cleaned the air up nicely

The snow was so close

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My three year old niece

She is repeating my words

Have to watch my tongue

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Steel yourself young man

For Green beer and pipe music

Patrick’s day is near

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Been told I’ve a talk

Haven’t a clue where or when

Some preparation

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Over one year past

I tied the knot bye a tower

A year of pure love.

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First trip from Chile

To not so warm Florida

I saw manatees

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Queuing for visas

Lines going around the block

Many hours to wait

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Job applications

Interviews, practice classes

Lots of work to do

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My wife is in bed

Sick with a blocked nose and cough

Treatment, tea and hugs

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Dangerous spiders

May be found sneaking in our flat

They sure love bathrooms

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Grandmother’s Birthday

She has reached one hundred years

And still going strong

Mother’s Lament

When you were young

It was simple

I would see your cuts, apply a plaster

and hold you until the tears went away

To me you would go and with me you would find succour

It was simple, the magical powers of a mother´s love

But now,

I see not the cuts, cuts that break into your soul

But I see how the darkness consumes you

I see each and every day how you grow worse and worse

Unable to talk, unable to ask for help

When I try to be close you push me away

Harsh words, cruel sentiments

But false, I can see the pain in your eyes

But there is No simple fix

No plaster, no kiss to take the tears away

Nothing I can do

But see you in your pain

And all I can do is share it

Join your misery in my mother’s lament

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It’s raining outside

I would be drenched to the skin

Best to stay inside

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New plants in fish tank

Hopefully these will survive

Aquascaping woes

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Correcting English

In the head guys manuscript

Hope he won’t get mad