Treasure Island

Dónall Dempsey

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

One Second Behind(for Junie)


Memory takes
the chair

places it perfectly
in mid-air

yet erases the stair
that brings me there

forgets to sketch in
the rest of the house

the storm is placed
just outside the window

(just as it was)

livid with lightning
the voice of the thunder

the window appearing
out of nowhere

a wall a little
unsure of itself

appears & disappears.

Memory still holds us
curled up together

the chair's pattern
imprinted on your skin

each one not knowing
where one ends or begins

your voice

creates the story
& I

intently listen
unwilling to miss
a single syllable

the poem written
upon your breath

memory as if obcessed

attempts to recover

what is...lost

puts it back
bit by bit

until it almost
achieves a perfect

fit
but
not

...quite

Death erasing
every scene

as it is
written

memory desperate
to attain a perfection

arrange and re-arrange
it again.


Death always

one second ahead

memory always

one second behind.

Submitted: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Edited: Saturday, April 23, 2011
Listen to this poem:

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 (One Second Behind(for Junie) by Dónall Dempsey )

Enter the verification code :

  • Scarlett Treat (11/10/2007 9:10:00 AM)

    Was it a dream, or was it real....
    Unable to know, or feel....
    Only to remember, and see...
    My love for you....
    Your love for me...
    Pressed into the mind
    Of memory. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Banter, Stephen Peter Mills
  2. Old House, Naveed Khalid
  3. You Are My Addiction, Hayley Lewis
  4. Unwed Mother (A Confession Of Love), Dilantha Gunawardana
  5. Games, Hayley Lewis
  6. Late Night T.V With The Volume Set To Zero, Stephen Peter Mills
  7. Collage, Naveed Khalid
  8. False Deity, Hayley Lewis
  9. Cloze, Naveed Khalid
  10. Foremost among the Finest!, Stanley Collymore

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Footsteps of Angels, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. Farewell, Anne Brontë
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]