Dónall Dempsey

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

We Once Were You - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

Plague & battle
turn men into bones

eyes that once looked upon a passing sky
looked on it now as stones

nothing remains...nothing but
human remains.

In time it is 1776
& the local Polish parish priest

gathers & collects
this flowering of Death

collects & gathers
this Death that has flowered

lines the walls of his church
with skulls & shinbones

The Chapel Of The Skulls
(3,000 souls in all)
lines these walls

coming alive

in the camera flash

tourists trapped
tightly together

to get that one shot

that will make the folks at home
go 'Aghhhh! '

A terribly pimply adolescent geekishly greets it with: 'Cool...man! '

The living look
at the dead looking back at them

all the same

in the end.

Listen to this poem:

Comments about We Once Were You by Dónall Dempsey

There is no comment submitted by members..

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]