Poem Mem­ory

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BOOKS - By Christo­pher Ec­cles

How do thoughts come to be gath­ered to­gether in the bas­ket of each day?

How can that which has long passed become alive again in the river of the heart?

A voice is call­ing through the waste­land, a sound of bless­ing on the wind,

a sim­pler life within this world, a song upon the lips each live­long day.

A gust of wind, and what was in the bas­ket is blown across the field and dis­ap­pears,

and in the mys­tery of that loss and empti­ness a per­fect leaf falls gen­tly from the sky.

Christo­pher Ec­cles was born in East Africa and ed­u­cated in Scot­land and Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin. He re­cently com­pleted an MA in cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick

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