Treasure Island

Dónall Dempsey

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

Once Upon A Now

Here, I see us
as if we had lived

long long

some detail
only an historian would know.

Our laughter
unknown now

only guessed at

or pieced(painstakingly)

meticiously ressembled

dead now
many times

but to this
man's gaze

who in his need
to know

the time
that was ours

reconstructs the sunlight
haloing your hair

the laughter of so
long ago

the sudden nakedness
of your shoulder

as a dress strap
falls carelessly

& except by me
is paid no attention to.

Now, in this time
where we no longer

where the historian
tired of his research

goes home
to his wife and kids.

Still the trace
of us


to cold historical fact.

The book
is given back

(signed back in)

the white gloves

all facts
sleep on shelves

shelves after shelves.

The library
(for tonight)
is closed.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Edited: Saturday, February 26, 2011

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

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 (Once Upon A Now by Dónall Dempsey )

Enter the verification code :

  • Dee Dee Wright (12/29/2007 2:18:00 PM)

    Donall...this is just wonderfull! I love this new run of poems...they are really delighting me with their inventiveness and how loving they are. The whole idea of seeing yourself dead for many centuries now and some old historian researching you and trying to reconstruct the 'facts' is not something I would have thought about as a start to a love poem|(don't you write anything else but love poems?) but this is superb in its vision and how you fashion that vision. Wonderful wonderful stuff! If I had a would rock it!

    A delighted Dee Dee

    love Dee Dee (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley Updates

New Poems

  1. Inside a family, SALINI NAIR
  2. Like Crocodiles, Edward Kofi Louis
  3. The New Chinese Fiction, James Tate
  4. All that energy..., Dieter Ian Maree
  5. Let us worship, gajanan mishra
  6. Girl Jumping Rope, Morgan Michaels
  7. Woodsmen Day, Doris Beaulieu
  8. stamp, Alvinzor Flores
  9. Darkness of the Day, Pintu Mahakul
  10. A cigar aficionado, Cyndi K. Encinares Gacosta

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet Ernest G Moll


Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]