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Paul Ó ColamáinPaul Ó Colmáin lives and works in West Cork. He was a winner of the inaugural Poet’s Podium, 1995, run by Samhlaíocht Chiarraí and is a regular contributor of poems in both Irish and English to journals and anthologies. He is a musician, songwriter and visual artist and leads walking tours so that he can eat.

 

 

 

 

Epilogue

For Michael Hartnett

 

 

Like a wren he was,

bright and quick and brown,

head angled to miss no trick.

Hair like down

 

brushed, feathered

around the black bird

eyes. And what

a sound we heard

 

from that almost-elusive

wren-poet,

half-hidden,

giving full throat

 

to all he saw or felt

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naturalist of song

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flits among the brambles

of our thoughts. His song

caught, hedged `round,

a sound that proves them wrong.

 

 

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