Treasure Island

Dónall Dempsey

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

Reading Sapho


you cry at what's there
cry for what's lost

the seen made more beautiful
by the unseen

the fragments

dripping through
your heart

love by love

pain by pain

I used to say her Sapho
in the dark

the fragments becoming more fragmented
in my fragile remembering

my frail retelling
when dreams would awaken

you & Sapho
chatting in your sleep

Submitted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Edited: Thursday, March 10, 2011
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  • Gina Pisapia (7/16/2007 11:45:00 AM)

    I love being read to and so I can really appreciate this...the sound of words in a beloved's voice...I could be read to all night or at least until I fall to sleep. And I love sapho and the fragments that insist you add your little bit to complete the poem in your head. A yummy dreamy poem about one of my favourite pastimes being read to by a man! (Report) Reply

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