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A topical poem (29th December 2013) inspired by a Belfast sunset I witnessed (and painted) thirteen years ago. Northern Ireland's past carries a lot of weight.

Belfast

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse29 Dec 2013

Midsummer evenings
Are long and golden;
The sun sets behind

Sensuously rounded hills,
Burnishing the heather
And the army post.

The sky settles for
Shades either side
Of dying yellow,

But spreads a
Stain of night
Through resentful streets.