Treasure Island

Dónall Dempsey

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

Footsteps Set In Time


The lightness of
your footstep

as you hurried to me

caught in the slowly setting
concrete
you didn’t see

holds your fleeting love
permanently

your footsteps
greedy for me

paying no attention
to the world whatever

only knowing that
in a few footsteps more

you would be precious
and adored for who you are

your footsteps
still exist

echoing inside my tears

as I put my next step
inside yours

and the snow fills
the other footsteps up.

Submitted: Sunday, July 29, 2007
Edited: Friday, March 25, 2011
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  • Gina Pisapia (8/23/2007 8:27:00 AM)

    Oh this is so beautiful...the ephemeral fleeting caught so perfectly in imagery and story. Such wonderful(yet so simple and direct and slight) telling to the tale and oh so sad at the end. I love the fact that she will be'precious and adored for who you are.' And all her eagerness to be so...and oh how you catch the moment so...and so tenderly! This has been running across my mind all morning whether I'm having a cup of tea or doing the washing up it contiues to continue to haunt me with its so slight(and slight of hand) beauty and the magic of its tenderness. No wonder you are billed '...the most romantic poet in London'. You certainly live up to your top billing and I'd go and see you anytime. You delight my mind with beauty and hurt it with sadnessess.

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