Declan O'Reilly

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I always had a love for poetry. Growing up in Ireland poetry was everywhere, it was part of everyday speech. I never liked the fact it was considered high-brow, that it belonged to a certain class and that one had to be well-schooled to understand it. I don't think any poet ever wrote for a certain audience and I definitely do not either. True poetry is universal and its themes are as varied and ... more »

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  • Eric Cockrell (1/2/2012 6:09:00 PM)

    you wear your heart on your sleeve, brother... and that's what make you an outstanding poet!

  • Stefanie Fontker (9/28/2011 5:02:00 PM)

    Possibly my favourite poet on this site. Declan certainly inspires a variety of emotions with his passionate words, and in depth thinking. He is an amazing poet, and it has been a pleasure to meet him, he is a true gentleman.

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Best Poem of Declan O'Reilly


All of a sudden it lunged at me
This huge black beast
Growling and fiercely terrifying,
Its razor sharp claws,
Swiping out at me
And I on the ground
Using my heels to push myself away from it
Instead of getting to my feet
And calmly saying
I am not afraid
I have claws too.

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