Derek Mahon

(1941 / Belfast)

Derek Mahon Poems

1. A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford 7/23/2015
2. Courtyards in Delft 9/30/2015
3. The Thunder Shower 2/19/2016
4. After the Titanic 8/30/2017
5. Afterlives 8/30/2017
6. Dawn at St. Patrick's 8/30/2017
7. The Dream Play 8/30/2017
8. A Garage in Co. Cork 8/30/2017
9. Lives 8/30/2017
10. Noon at St. Michael's 8/30/2017
11. Penshurst Place 8/30/2017
12. A Siren 8/30/2017
13. Spring in Belfast 8/30/2017
14. From Decadence: 7 — An Bonnán Buí 9/11/2017
15. From New York Time: 17 — St. Bridget's Day 9/11/2017
16. St. Patrick's Day 9/11/2017
17. The Terminal Bar 9/11/2017
18. A Swim in Co. Wicklow 9/11/2017
19. Aphrodite's Pool 9/11/2017
20. Auden On St. Mark's Place 9/11/2017
21. Lapis Lazuli 9/11/2017
22. Achill 1/20/2003

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I lie and imagine a first light gleam in the bay
After one more night of erosion and nearer the grave,
Then stand and gaze from the window at break of day
As a shearwater skims the ridge of an incoming wave;
And I think of my son a dolphin in the Aegean,
A sprite among sails knife-bright in a seasonal wind,
And wish he were here where currachs walk on the ocean
To ease with his talk the solitude locked in my mind.

I sit on a stone after lunch and consider the glow
Of the sun through mist, a pearl bulb containèdly fierce;
A rain-shower darkens the ...

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Courtyards in Delft

-Pieter de Hooch, 1659

(for Gordon Woods)

Oblique light on the trite, on brick and tile-
Immaculate masonry, and everywhere that
Water tap, that broom and wooden pail
To keep it so. House-proud, the wives
Of artisans pursue their thrifty lives

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