Dónall Dempsey

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

In The Mythology Of Birds...Foxes... - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

The little bird
escapes the cat

but can't escape
the Death
that beats
under its feathers

bloodied in my hands
that hold it
I cradle it
& cry

the bird imaging
that when you die
a Great God

takes you gently
in its hands
& bathes you
in its tears

a sunset
staining a sky
that is



The foxes blood
on the stone
still there two days

staring at me.
Only the day before
a daring raider

of my uncle's henhouse
the talk of our household.
But my uncle was patient
& stalked the lonely hourds

until the fox
came to meet her death
thinking only of her cubs
& how big & bright

the moon loomed
and how the fearful thunder
of the gun

had ended
and how now
shot through the head

her carcass thrown
behind a hedge
she finds herself
still staring bak

into the mind
of the little boy
even more aware
of her presence

now that nothing
and how for
ever after

the boy
carries her death
cradling it
in his mind

trying to comfort
with his human

Comments about In The Mythology Of Birds...Foxes... by Dónall Dempsey

  • (11/20/2007 3:42:00 AM)

    Very real for me - shed 40 year in 4 lines..... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

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