Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,486 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

Horse Of A Different Colour - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

Auden & Isherwood
strolling in China

trying to soak up
The War

by the process of
osmosis

staining it
with words

observe
(at first what seems)

green horses

but turns out to be
only white horses

painted green
for camouflage purposes.

That evening in Canton
also offering them

the futility of two men
trying to put a rat
into a bottle

a woman who lived
in a beehive

pouring water
into a sieve.

War knocks
over the inkwell

spills
into men’s lives

covers the white pages
of their wishes

makes the idea of Hell
...all too real.

The spilt ink eating
the words of men

who send letters home
and die in pain

never to return

only in other’s memories
& useless dreams

...marble memorials

while green horses
champ the grasses

the bridles & the bits
clanking & glinting

in the hot sun
of Now

as this last lost evening
dies.

Topic(s) of this poem: war


Comments about Horse Of A Different Colour by Dónall Dempsey

  • (1/15/2018 8:27:00 AM)


    Ok ok but the feelings are quite clear (Report) Reply

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  • (9/5/2007 2:38:00 PM)


    enjoyed the read
    a keeper
    (which means i'm gonna steal something from it)

    liked a lot
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  • (8/6/2007 1:02:00 PM)


    Don't usually like political poems but this one was both fascinating and interesting and I enjoyed it so much. It made me think of things because it wasn't didatic and I was captured before I could mount my usual prejudice against it. Ya got me! I like the allusion to THE WIZARD OF OZ and your reading of Auden's Chinese sonnets.

    GinaXXX
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  • (7/21/2007 3:59:00 PM)


    Ink covered pages, making the idea of war all too real....how perfect a description. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 21, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 14, 2015


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