Dónall Dempsey

Rookie - 394 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

(seconds Before) - Poem by Dónall Dempsey


somewhere in 1970 or so
I remember your smile


telling me you 'wanted to live
as quietly as a star.'

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'No...not a movie star
a star above a mountain above a world star! '

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your hair fallen across your eyes
your hair hiding your smile

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Comments about (seconds Before) by Dónall Dempsey

  • Rookie - 36 Points Sandy Player (12/1/2012 9:34:00 AM)

    There's something deeply wrong in human nature.
    Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 445 Points Danny Draper (9/27/2012 9:25:00 PM)

    Indeed poignant and tragic and beautifully told like a few seconds rolling over and over again as detailed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 394 Points Donall Dempsey (9/25/2012 3:56:00 PM)

    This was an old man I used to look after whose daughter was killed as the bomb went off...she was only a teenager and was talking gleefully of what and how she wanted to be when she grew up. She lost an arm and bled to death. His mind was trapped in the forever of it happening and he held on to those last seconds of her being alive. Those seconds were the only seconds he wanted to live over and over again.. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 815 Points Ruth Walters (9/25/2012 2:35:00 PM)

    poignant and tragic Donall (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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