Dónall Dempsey

(15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

FLYING FLOWERS(for Lyn)


Field full of flowers.

“Poppy! ”
I tell her.

“Poppy! Poppy! Poppy! ”
my little poppet chants.

Picks flower
after flower
for hours

cradles them
in her dress.

Enough! Too much!

“Shhhh...! ”
I tell her
“...the flowers must rest...go to sleep! ”

“Flowers
...go sleeps! ”

she repeats

“Shhhh...! ”

Suddenly from
nowhere & everywhere

a scattering of
butterflies.

“Ah, flowers wake up! ”
she explains sensibly
to herself.

I tell her
when “...flowers dream
they can fly
they turn into butterflies! ”

All the way
home in the car

she strokes her
weary wilted flowers:

“Sleep...sleep...
dream...becomes butterfly! ”

And then adds: “...please? ”

Flying flowers
dancing in her little mind

totally believing in
my beautiful lie.

And as she too
falls into dreams

the car fills up
with flowers
flying flowers

her dreams escaping
into reality.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Edited: Thursday, May 29, 2008

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (FLYING FLOWERS(for Lyn) by Dónall Dempsey )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 33 Points Scarlett Treat (3/4/2008 4:54:00 PM)

    Again, and as always, you traverse the child's mind with that beautiful, delicate touch that is so heart-felt. I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful idea in print than flowers dreaming...to become 'buflies, ' as my youngest grand one calls them....thank you so much, Dearest, for this one. I loved it, right down to my bones... (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Picking At Sores, Kyle Schlicher
  2. Crazy, Dipankar Sadhukhan
  3. National Festival, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  4. I Must Make Preparations, Kyle Schlicher
  5. Aftermath…, LALITHA JOSEPH
  6. THE FUNERAL RAM, john chizoba vincent
  7. I Am Tired Before My Time, Kyle Schlicher
  8. If I Could, Michael McParland
  9. The Running Wheel Of Love, Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  10. Meaningless, timeless...., refilwe ranape

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova

 

Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. A Drinking Song, William Butler Yeats
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]