Seamas Carraher, July 2013

Dub(h)lin(n), a Poem, (23)
City of Justice

It’s autumn
on my skin

the chill grasp
of being present
astonishes me
to wakefulness

this short journey
of my days
from street
to street

like a crowd of beggars
in this deserted town
my family forged its exile


from this distance
their voice calls

a voice calls
more like an echo

there is no reason,
neither for our coming
nor our going

from Harcourt Street to
the Rathmines Road

have awoken
not once
but many times
to this deserted ship


this ship of our sinking

this sinking
godless city,
city without

where no one, not
a single person,
no longer even

Dub(h)lin(n), a Poem, (24)
City of Justice (2)
for George Norman

Suddenly! it’s September,
rivers of leaves litter
my scarecrow head,
this homeless restless
abandoned head.

Suddenly it is September,
and the evening closes in
on Montague and Chester Street
and in the alleys and laneways
of Ranelagh
the Angelus cries out
all its dead, throws open
its rented windows

throws its dead at their sinking sound,
this funeral march of a sound,
even though there are students
smoking on the street
and your lost sister sleeps
her drugged sleep, far away
in an attic on Corbyn Street.

Suddenly it is September
in the city,
our sorrowful city

its evening song
sinks its drunken
bloody head,
its sentimental head,
into my arms

and then these
late homecomers
like ships at sea,
their ships passing
in the night.

Suddenly, it’s the end of autumn
and in my restless mind
i see him:
heart finally broken,

body left lying

Séamas Carraher was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1956. He lives on the Ballyogan estate, in south County Dublin, at present.

Recent publications include poems in THE SHOp (Ireland), the Rusty Nail, The Camel Saloon, Dead Beats, Red River Review, Full of Crow, Word Riot, The Junk Lot Review, Dead Flowers, Pyrokinection, Dead Snakes, Carcinogenic Poetry, Napalm & Novacain, ditch, Bone Orchard Poetry, Istanbul Literary Review and Pemmican. Previously his work has been published in Left Curve (No. 13, 14 & 20), Compages, Poetry Ireland Review, the Anthology of Irish Poetry and the Irish Socialist (newspaper).



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