Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

Fairy Tale(For Scarlett) - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

I sit by your bedside
watching your dying.

Only Love
nails me to this pain.

I unable to escape
your dying.

I tell you
Irish legends
& Hans Christian Anderson

as you become

(if only for a little while)

the child
you used to be

once upon a time

when wonder & delight
were new
as daylight.

“Tell me Lir! ”

“Tell me the Children of Lir! ”

I tell
of how

they are turned into swans
& the loneliness of eternity.

I too knit nettles
to break the spell

throw the garment over
your cancer’d body

so you can
return again
to being

the human
I have known.

This dying is cruel
beyond belief.

An insult
to your life.

I love you so much I would kill you
if I could kill you
but I...can’t.

I want every breath
of you

not to be your last.

You journey to your death
dancing with your pain

my little mermaid
my little ballerina

I guard
your dying

a Constant
Tin Soldier

as you become

on the sea.

Just a day ago
sucking a sultana

I held
on the tip of my fingertip

telling me to call your name.

“I love
living in your voice! ”

“So nice...so nice! ”

And I a blind Prince

wandering now
lost in the fairy tale

of your Death.

I close
your eyes.

kiss the last warmth
of your lips.


Being Dragged Across The Carpet By The Cat - A Tanka

You fall on the floor.
Carefully I brush you up
returned to your urn

you sit upon the mantlepiece
gazing at the setting sun.

Comments about Fairy Tale(For Scarlett) by Dónall Dempsey

  • (6/6/2008 11:13:00 AM)

    Having held one I loved in my arms as her lips tunred cold and the eyes closed for that final time, and the last breath came...this touched my heart more deeply than you will ever know. Cancer IS the Grim Reaper, Death. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/4/2008 5:26:00 AM)

    ...so poignant and beautiful in its profundity and humanity... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 2, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 14, 2009

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