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Tomás De Faoite was born in Dowth, Ireland. He lives in The Netherlands. Some of his recent poetry has appeared in  Poetry Ireland and Southword. 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. He is busy with a third collection due in Spring 2014.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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When I am back home I compress years away

into four weeks. I highlight my land

Of birth, replaying it until no one has died.

They are all still alive. And Peggy down the road

Is at her gate, and she is laughing

When I tell her I was married, but am now divorced.

She does not believe me and is

Always harping on at me, you should get married.

But I was married. She laughs her hearty laugh.

I cannot prove anything to anyone; the dead

Especially. And there is Peter; blackheads

Swarming on his nose like flies, hobbling about

On his two artificial hips, saying, I am beat.

No you’re not; you’re dead and as Beckett says,

Slightly bending his words, better than the whole lot.

Look at them there, a brief unencounter; my mother

Pushing money into my hand and a miraculous

Medal into my jacket pocket, saying, eat better

And work hard. And there is Peggy and Peter––

Peggy taking her glasses off to see me away.

 

 

 

 

©2013 Tomás De Faoite

 

 

 

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'Seeing': a poem in 10 X 3 Plus Journal

'Moles': a poem in Southword (Issue 22)

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