Bernard Kennedy (20 May 1956 / dublin)
Summer July Compline
The garden done,
the roses clipped and hyrangeas,
poenies, devils' poker,
south African pampas, and dianus tasmanicus watered.
To the garden seat and virginia clad, green coat
pagoda, and Merton like sit.
On the turret sits the church pidgeon, tail to cross
and eastern focus in its prayer.
it prefers the altar tridentine, and
faces east its prayer.
Taut, stares towards Ringsend and outward
Howth Bound, and channel sea,
as our forefathers in the years of leaving,
The church at Beechwood stood up, rising,
Word War one with Douglas and Ledwidge.
Proudly sits the Pidgeon tempered evening
summer sun after
long rainy years await,
and hope agrowing,
like the garden
centenary celebration compline.
Bernard Kennedy's Other Poems
- a Christmas Beechwood
- A Dawn Chorus
- A Green Meadow -new-
- a sermon from the Altar
- A Sunday Poem
- A Winter Rose
- American Haiku
- Another hymn to Christ
- Another Sligo evening sky
- Antigone -new-
- as the frost lifts
- Autumn end
- Beechwood Centenary Steeple
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