Dónall Dempsey

Rookie - 42 Points (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

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Comments about this poem (Once Upon A Now by Dónall Dempsey )

  • Rookie 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 boat...you would rock it!

    A delighted Dee Dee

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