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Where is home, once you've left?

by NeilSlevin on August 12, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

My first serious poetic effort. It's awful; but it was a start:


On the tubes
and trains of London
I sat,
searching for Irishness,

but no brogue reached me
over the din;
no face
mirrored my own.

If they spoke aloud –
I did not hear them.
If they were present,
I did not see them.

we are not such
a distinctive people,
after all.

And now, years on,
I understand why I wish for home;
why people live
to go there;

we must go back.
Because I do,

Back and forth,
forth and back.
where is it, once you’ve left?


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