Patrick Deeley

 

 

North Mayo Haiku

 

 

Our latest clearing –

Nephin keeping its distance

travels with us still.

 

Wild roses, raindrops;

the stone quarry stands open

to blossom and fall.

 

A ditched toilet bowl,

a streamlet flowing through it

high on Sralagagh.

 

All the sun-shot geese

falling now on Annagh Marsh –

a child’s flamingoes.

 

Fern and celandine,

a mattress printing its own

celandine and fern.

 

A picnic’s leavings

around Rathlacken court tomb,

the bog closes in.

 

 

 

Patrick Deeley is from County Galway.  His poems have been widely published and translated.  Groundswell: New and Selected, is the latest of his six collections with Dedalus Press.  His memoir, The Hurley Maker’s Son, appeared from Transworld in 2016.

 

 

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