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The Dark Side of the Earth

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Morning in the park.
Is there a paradise could better this?
The trees stand innocent of storm,
the pathways run untrodden over
bridges – Everything is fresh
from re-creation overnight.

The gardener salutes me, spade
a flash of light across his shoulder.
Watching from my usual seat
I see the playground slides reflect
the sun. I hear the River Griffeen
tumbling, laughing like a child.

Morning in the park, I watch him
Search the flowerbeds, probe, until
inevitable the moment! – he will
slice his blade into the clay,
dislodge the worm and weed, reveal
the dark side of the earth.

Eamonn Lynskey.

This poem was taken from Eamonn Lynskey’s latest book of poetry entitled And Suddenly the Sun Again, which was launched in Lucan Library on Wednesday 9th June by Niamh Bagnall.

Eamonn was born in Dublin in 1948 and has lived in Lucan almost all his adult life. His poetry has been published widely since its first appearance in the 1980’s in the Irish Press, ‘New Irish Writing’ page edited by David Marcus. His first collection was published by Lapwing (Belfast) in 1998 and he was nominated for a Hennessy / Sunday Tribune Award in 2006. He has performed his poetry widely and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Open Mic in Dublin, London and elsewhere. This is his second collection. It is published by The Seven Towers Agency Ltd.

This book is available in Abtree. Price €12.99.