Dónall Dempsey

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

Home Sweet Home - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

The dark
caught up with us

& stole
our eyes.

it laughed
at our map!

Took up the minor path

we had been

(wriggling like a worm)

then threw
it aside
into the nothingness.

Scared...the map just...stared.

A boney branch
knocked the torch
out of my hand

& the light
ran away.

An owl hooted with laughter.

Even a river & its tributary

was eaten up
by the silence.

The dark
held us tight
in its fist.

We could feel
its breath
upon our face.

Our heartbeat
chisled like heiroglyphs

a fear
that could be read
and touched.

'Where are we? '
you barely dared
to ask.

'Nowhere...I know! '
I nervously laugh.

We staggered on
into the future

hoping to stumble
somehow upon
a present

finally finding
some lost time

that we could

as our own

two frightened little humans
glad to be


Comments about Home Sweet Home by Dónall Dempsey

  • (12/29/2007 2:24:00 PM)

    Donall! This made me laugh and gasp with the imagery you fashioned and the story you created. Everything seems to come alive and threathen you! I love the last lines about the two very frightened humans glad to be home sweet home. You make it sound like you were lost in the midst of a horror movie instead of just in the woods. Made me chortle(been a long time since I chortle o yeah!) and smile all the while I read it. You are the most superb of story tellers!

    love a scared and frightend Dee Dee unable to find her way out of this forest of words

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 21, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 18, 2011

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