When will it be

that she sees

the shock of the old?

When will she stop in her tracks,

stop her breath,

and take charge of my feelings,

so that I’m not hurt by more

than the passing of time?

No time soon.


She marauds over me

like terrain to be conquered.

My arms are limbs to swing from,

my legs and back juts and jags

of rock and granite to be scaled

and hammered. My head

a peak to stand atop

to command her domain.

She sets her feet on me

trusting the ground won’t give way.


There is no discussion or greeting,

no approach, no preamble –

I am a cliff face up which to scramble.

Ageless and eternal, forever there,

how could I not repay the compliment

by standing tall as the sky,

like a caveman trying to reach the sun.

  One thought on “Closer

  1. Lynne Foster Fitzgerald
    April 2, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    beautiful , more poetry please Dara. love to the 3 of you on these strange throwback timed. xxLynne

    • April 2, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks for the lightning-fast response Lynne, lovely to hear from you. Hope you’re all well in Bahana! xx

    • Helen
      April 5, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      I enjoyed your poem. Lovely scene of child and father at play.
      Hope you are all keeping well and washing hands during this unfamiliar period. x

      • April 5, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        Thanks Helen. 😊 My hands are spotless, thank you! Take care. x

  2. Gavin
    April 2, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for your thoughts Dara, Always good to read them

    • April 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Nice one Gavin, thanks for reading.😎

  3. Tania
    April 4, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful Dara, love your words. It’s all a season, look after yourselves xx

    • April 4, 2020 at 9:16 am

      Thanks T, love that comment. And seasons come, and seasons go. Stay well. x

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