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TOMAS DE FAOITE
Tomas De Faoite was born in Dowth, Ireland in 1956. He lives in The Netherlands. Some of his recent poetry has appeared in Brabant Literair (The Netherlands), 10 by 3 Journal (West Virginia, USA) and Drogheda Writes (Ireland). Reinart Editions published his first collection Dust in 1998. In 2006 his second collection Green Father was published by Poezie-uitgeverij Wel. Both collections are in Dutch and English.
When I think of moles I think of Sandie Shaw
In her bare feet on Top of the Pops
In the mid sixties.
If moles could sing, and maybe they do,
I think they would sing just like Sandie Shaw.
While the boys in the trenches are singing
Over There, or a Long Way To Tipperary,
The moles beneath them wage a quieter war.
As for Edward Thomas’s immortal lines,
Do moles get hit by shells? I say, no,
They do not; they are bombs themselves,
Surfacing near Arras, Ypres, the Somme.
I tip my hat to them, to molehills
In deep craters, and they sing,
One day we’re feeling down
On the ground, the next we’re up in the air.
©2012 Tomas De Faoite
Tomas De Faoite at Poezie-uitgeverij Wel Press
De Faoite in 10 X 3 Journal
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