Dónall Dempsey

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

Vote For Me! - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

“Now, Jim’s gone...”
(she shouts above the Singer Sewing Machine)
“...I get out more.”
“I’m going to vote tonight! ”
“For years under Jim
I always voted Conservative...‘cos...he did.
Read what he read...did what he did.
Didn’t have a mind of my own.
Now, I’m going to vote...”

“Liberal? ”
I interject.
“No, dear...the Green Party.
I love the colour.”

I laugh.
She laughs too.
“I’ve learnt to laugh again! ”
“It’s like I’m a girl again! ”
“Don’t get me wrong!
I still miss the old bugger
but

I’m glad to be me
again
after all these years
And I still leave
(every week without fail)
a single red rose
on his grave! ”

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 30, 2011


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