Dónall Dempsey

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

Margaret’s Eyes - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

Margaret’s eyes
are the most motionless
things I know.

They gaze into
what isn’t there
They stare into
the nothing she has become.

Even her past
does not belong to her.
It lies coiled
inside her

like a spring wound
too tight
A toy now
not in working order.

Her memory
has wandered off
without her
and got lost

Times lies
at her feet
still….life like

like her favorite pet Peke
gazing up at her

she still pats it
Every so often
Time melts

& she flowers
into speech:
“..and then he kissed me
and it was lovely and...! ”

The voice slowly fades
and her moment of bright time
is erased
and she lapses into silence
like a talking doll
whose battery has run down.

Where is she
inside her self
I wonder
do the words go on
even though unheard?

The flames
cackle at the logs.
The rain
chatters unceasingly
to the window pane

The clock
talks back
to time

like an impudent child’s backchat!
The cat
It is just...
exactly half past nine

Comments about Margaret’s Eyes by Dónall Dempsey

  • (10/29/2007 10:00:00 AM)

    No one I know of writes with more tenderness or compassion than you. Always with that depth of caring for others, and always with a depth of insight that I envy, you write about others. You see so much, and have a beautiful ability to put it into words, and make me feel what you see. Thank you for giving part of your insight to me. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/28/2007 10:18:00 AM)

    What can I say.
    Simple, moving, excellent.
    Warm regards,

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  • (10/28/2007 10:05:00 AM)

    Oh I find this so scary...to be able to lose one's self like that! I love your understanding of the people you have looked after...and your compassion. It is as tender as a lover's.

    love Gina XXX

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 28, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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