For October, I have chosen a selection of poetry from Paul Laughlin's collection: "NARRATIVES & THE INTERPRETED WORLD."





NEW STARS TO STEER BY


They promise
New stars
To steer by,
But the further
They reach,
The more distant
They grow,
Until losing
Direction
And compass,
They claim
To be mapping
A future,
Unreachable
By the course
They have set.







WRITER

comes alive
alone with
the lines
but cannot
plot their
source and
fades away
when they
will not
come again






PRELUDE TO A BETRAYAL

See the smiles
Glint like knives
In the sun







ARCHIMEDES ASTIR

Woken again by a swollen bladder
Archimedes mutters in the dark
Urethra





CHAOINEADH CHALGAIGH

Roimh theacht do Chríost
Sheas tú chomh díreach
Le dudhair
Agus thriail do neart
Le Caesar
Ach cad is cor d’ainm
Gan iomra
I nDoire do dhúchais
Gan chiall
I measc fuaim na nGall.



AN ELEGY FOR CALGACH

Before Christ was,
You stood straight
As a dark oak
And tried your strength
With Caesar.
But what now
Of your name
Unspoken
In your own place
Unheard
Amid a foreign clamour.






TÍOLACADH Ó MOZART

Nuair a líonann
an ceol
isteach orm
mar a bheadh solas
on réalt is gile
tosaíonn glór neimhe
ag seoladh i mo chluasa



MOZART’S GIFT

When the music
Pours into me
Like light from
The brightest star
I begin to know
What heaven
Sounds like









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Photograph by Steve Karg





Photograph by Andrew McMillan






Photograph by Andrew McMillan




Photograph by Andrew McMillan