Treasure Island

Bernard Kennedy

(20 May 1956 / dublin)

Summer July Compline


The garden done,
the roses clipped and hyrangeas,
echium, wallflowers,
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,
back again.
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.

Submitted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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