Poetry from a Dublin Scientist

Worth it

Is it worth it?

The pain you caused?

The hurt you brought?

The damage you wrought?

The heart you broke

The soul you destroyed

The love you lost

When you said

“Sorry… Goodbye”

Haikus 13/11/19

Metro prices rise

School Children Jump Barriers

Wide Scale Evasion


Marches everywhere

All classes and all ages

Gringos Not allowed


Unlikely mascot

For Chile’s revolution

Dancing Pikachu


Marches are Peaceful

Except for the bad element

They watch the world burn


You, Are the reason I wake in the morning

You, are the sweet dreams that fill my nights

You, are the smile forever on my lips

You, are the stars within my eyes

You, are my heart, my breath, my soul

You, are my life

You, are my love

You, are with me

Haikus 130918

Airplanes fly over

Soldiers march along the street

The diceocho


The ground is shaking

But I don’t feel anything

Engrossed in my work


I light a candle

An offering for loved ones

To show that I care


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


Haikus 240618

I lit the candles

An offering to the gods

To help whom I love


Seven Months ago

I was melting in summer

What difference it is


Filters for my tank

Clogged with green strands of algae

Clearing it won’t last

Haikus 200618

Rain came here last week

It cleaned the air up nicely

The snow was so close


My three year old niece

She is repeating my words

Have to watch my tongue


Haikus 140318

Steel yourself young man

For Green beer and pipe music

Patrick’s day is near


Been told I’ve a talk

Haven’t a clue where or when

Some preparation


Over one year past

I tied the knot bye a tower

A year of pure love.

Haikus 25012018

First trip from Chile

To not so warm Florida

I saw manatees


Queuing for visas

Lines going around the block

Many hours to wait


Job applications

Interviews, practice classes

Lots of work to do