Christina Brockett and Elizabeth Stelling

Christina Brockett

Response

Twenty Minutes From Galway To Dublin
by Elizabeth Stelling

Inspiration Piece

Dublin is calling our names
Remember how funny it seemed
To be on the wrong side of the road
How walking on cobblestone
Was like balancing awkwardly
On turtles in a muddy pond

-all the exercise from walking
-places we discovered by accident

We found Bono’s front lawn

You made love to the statues, coo’ing at smoke rings as I snap your photo
We were surprised no one was home, how cops only carried Billy clubs

Walking the cliffs along Bray
Martello towers stood out
Tiny fishermen going in and out of swells
We drove down the coast to Kerry
Like children we explored
Climbed ancient history

-the fog and curving roads
-all the postcard moments

Abruptly stopping for herds of sheep

I found my heritage, connected with whispers off cliffs and valleys full of ruin
Meet me in Galway, let’s again chase our laughter across Éire

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2 Comments

  1. valbonney
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm | #

    Beautiful, evocative poetry and a superb artistic response – a great collaboration Enjoyed them both very much, thank you!

    Val Bonney

  2. Robert Haydon Jones
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm | #

    “Climbed history” is what it was for me too — only until now I didn’t know what to call it.

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