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An Englishman becomes an Irish citizen in his fifties.

Common Ancestry

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse09 Feb 2018

Black rock and white stone,
Washed up on shores
Of mingled distant tides,
Picked up and pocketed:

Chalk from spitfire-white-cliffs,
The crumbling buttress of delusions
That can be crushed wet
Between thumb and forefinger;

A dark particle of Romanticism,
Rosetta-stone-carved with myths,
Engraved by Yeats and defining
Space between Dublin and the sea.

I left the one to find the other,
Placing them side by side
To look at their balance,
And silently wonder.