Theo Dorgan

(1953 / Cork / Ireland)

Train To Derry - Poem by Theo Dorgan

A crow beats on the updraft over a scragged hawthorn,
rocked but plunging on. A stick of Paras, bristling with nerves,
coughs and boots forward along the sheugh.
Long after the soldiers have gone, the crows will settle home.

Since Newry, choppers have been battling back and forth
across the track. These trains are overheated, sweat
stings in my underslept eyes; I'd rather the crows' lift and pluck
than to be here, rocked to the quick, driving on Derry.

I often wish, my love, that we were birds, the wide domains
of Ireland at our turn and fall, the world's wind
our natural element - rain, ice, hail or sun our gods,
the tall pines our greenwhip lightning rods.

Tonight there's a horned moon and Venus trailing
low over the Waterside. Tonight let me fold you in my wings,
pray nobody's killed in dark of country or town. We'll settle
the long night in another of our beds, watch what the morning brings.

Comments about Train To Derry by Theo Dorgan

  • (10/31/2016 5:20:00 PM)

    Train to Derry.
    A very impressive poem, set against the background of The Troubles.
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  • Susan Williams (10/31/2016 3:11:00 PM)

    What a well-done use of contrast- but I am woman so I want to curl up with his last 8 lines. I want to read more by this poet. If this poem is anything to go by, the rest of his work would be an honor to read. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/31/2016 11:25:00 AM)

    very much moving...highly skillful work to touch the reader's heart...great-10 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/31/2016 6:07:00 AM)

    Back and forth!
    Bristling with nerves! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/31/2016 12:59:00 AM)

    Train To Derry
    I am glad I have come across this poem. Beautifully conceived, and written.10
    You are a poet of note, that has warranted being chosen in this category.
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    You may enjoy my An Ode To Mind.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/31/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    I often wish, my love, that we were birds, ....
    What a nice line! ! ..... Congrats for being selected.....
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  • Paul Reed (10/20/2016 8:47:00 AM)

    The longevity of the crows outlasts the wars, as nature outlasts man. Great lines including the final two which I think is a philosophical acceptance of the moment. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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