Cocoon Poem by Roger Hudson

Cocoon



On the surface
Social gathering of like minds
Writers artists journalists
Laughs ideas challenge
A ballad or two

Congenial convivial
In the cosy alcohol-laced smoke-laden
Woodpanelled etched-glass arse-polished leather brown warmth
Of the back bar
At the Palace
Revealed in yellowing curling photos
On the wall

In harsh reality
Grumpy disgruntled
Angry arguing
Petty-warring brain-weary drunks

Only the enemy outside -
Hostile society
Church state people

Obsessed with censoring
Banning
Barring
Burning

Keeping at bay unwelcome liberating ideas -
Forces these oppressed intellectuals
Together

In this protective cocoon

An Ireland within Ireland
An island of near security
In a sea of righteous hate

Sunday, December 24, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: fame,life,perspective,prejudice,religious,societal
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In the 1940s,50s,60s, Irish writers and artists
congregated in a few inner-city Dublin bars
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