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ricahrd otooleRichard O' Toole is orignally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, and now lives in Kerry. He has worked in construction, fishing and H.G.V driving. His poems appeared in the Irish issue of Prarie Schooner in (2010) and Revival Issue 26. He has also studied radio broadcasting.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight

—for Jimmy Teruaki Murakami (June 5, 1933 – February 16, 2014), artist, animator, director

 

Remember me, I drank a black pint in Dingle

 

was consumed by Mount Eagle

intoxicated by the Emerald Atlantic.

                           

Remember me when in a brushstroke,

I screamed across the hot blue sky of Tule Lake California.

And, like the rouge red of red wine in the scorched earth of internment,

I painted the wings of birds.

 

In a brushstroke I almost drowned,

inhaled by the sea of ignorance

my so-called freedom.

 

This same white streak carried me over continents

for I painted the wings of birds.

 

Remember to always paint wings

remember me when the gull cries 

for in my heart a candle burns.

 

Remember me when the gull cries.

 

For in my heart a candle burns.

 

 

    Remember

 

                I am

 

                 Jimmy Teruaki Murakami.

 

 

 

©2014 Richard O'Toole

 

 

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