Poetry from a Dublin Scientist

Break it Down

Break it down for me

The game we call love

Down to its essence

Its tiniest particles


Start simply

Note the soft kisses at the start of a long day

Record the passion brought at midnight

Measure the sweet words under bated breath


Look closer

Titrate the rush of the first kiss against life’s long minute

Image the fights and the make-up

Analyse the break-ups and the new possibilities that come after


See the entirety

See the passion and the heartbreak

See the beginning and the end

See it all


Break it down for me

The highs, the lows, the good, the bad

Show me what I know

To play the game is always to win


He could’ve had a father
The guy was a descent sort
Would have been kind
But sometimes romance does not kick off
And his old man had walked out the door
Long before he first kicked in the womb

He could’ve been a rocket scientist
He was bright, all the teachers could see it
His mind burned bright behind the eyes
But school was for idiots
You can make a fortune sitting on a street
With a swig of the bottle to take away the cold

He could’ve been a daddy
It would have turned his life around
To see a part of himself looking back at him
But the bottle’s siren song
Was stronger than the pull of the heart
And love’s promise died on the vine

He could’ve lived
He could have thrived
He could have made his mark in the world
But the poison had rotted his mind
Making him numb to cold’s harsh dagger
In a doorway the world would not see

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Originally posted on Joe2stories:

A story anthology that I have contributed too is now available to purchase should any of you be interested.

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Haikus 13/01/15

The new year’s first post
Sets the tone for the next year
Better be careful

Rental markets mad
Apartments cost far too much
Poor getting squeezed out

Down in temple bar
A pint is seven euro
Where’s that recession

Haikus 20/12/14

Little money left
Pass beside a new bookshop
“Take all my money!”

The winter solstice
Let us all go to newgrange
See the sun shine in

Christmas is coming
Almost all my presents bought
Just one more to go

They grow up so fast
Known them since they were babies
Now they’re all grown up

Limericks 18/12/14

A fellow who I once knew
Would always say “How do you do?”

Then stick out a fist
Of muscle and grist
To shake the life out of poor you

A man of exceptional wealth
Was getting concerned for his health
Said he “The rotting of cash
May lead to a rash
And discomfort around the belt

A husband and bit of a slob
Was always yapping his gob
“Enough” said his wife
As she held up a knife
“Or I’ll shove this right up in your knob”

Haikus 16/12/14

Heavy rains today
Traffic much worse than morning
All aiming for home

Goodbye to Dublin
Deep Scandinavian snow
Proper white Christmas

Was sick on Monday
Missed storytelling event
Five euro wasted

Good food a coming
Probably too rich for me
Who cares? I’ll eat it.

Haikus 11/12/14

Late night partying
Then early morning meeting
Very unpleasant

Santa hat on head
Christmas jumper on display
Best time of the year

Food fun and family
Everybody loves Christmas
Except for turkeys

Cards sent to loved ones
Something special about them
Christmas cheer by post

Haikus 04/12/14

Out there in the sticks
Battlements, schoolchildren in gowns
My God! It’s Hogwarts!

It is cold and wet
They should let me stay in bed
Maybe untill spring

Still dark when I leave
The world is just waking up
Streetlamps bathe dark homes

It is late morning
The tram is completely packed
All Christmas shoppers

Haikus 03/12/14 tomorrow
Should keep the funders happy
They all love outreach

The third hobbit film
To be released Friday week
Millions of fans wait

I like Dublin films
They’re set in places I know
Landmarks of my life

New book that I’m in
Out hopefully by Christmas
Keep watching this space


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