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Robin Laffan

Robin Laffan lives in Dublin where he works full time chasing his 9 month old daughter as she crawls around the house at speed, while occasionally finding time to write. He has previously had work published in Agenda, Iota, Southword, Anon and Revival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackrock Pool

 Eddie Heron, 36-year diving champion of Ireland, 
 often gave exhibitions at Blackrock Pool.
           
 He would barely leave a ripple,
 diving again and again
 from clear sky to trapped sea,
 applause ebbing and flowing
 from crowded concrete seats.
 
 Now only the sea plays here,
 high-tide storms leaping the wall
 bombing into the pool;
 no attendant's whistle
 can call the waves to order.
 
 The board has gone,
 the diver has gone;
 and summer days no longer draw
 the squealing and splashing children
 to crowd Blackrock Pool.
 
                                            & 
 sometimes a grey bird still squats 
 on top of the
 concrete frame
 staring down
 into a pool 
 of the past 
 as if ready
 to dive.





©2009 Robin Laffan

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