Flying Into Forever – (Submitted by Donall Dempsey)

'Cold Morning Flight' by Doug Roane

Photography by Doug Roane


by Donall Dempsey

the geese flew on and out
of my childhood

leaving me returning
each new year

to find that same moment
when I was 9

seeing the geese now
with different eyes

but somehow still
that little boy

seeing them
for the first time

the geese flying on and out
into forever. . .

. . .snow has fallen
in love with the world

dressing everything in
the same crisp white quiet

icicles hang from
the blue tricycle

a lost green glove creeps across the front yard

soon my daughter
all 9 years of her

will awake to find
the dream made real

a forgotten doll
gazes up at me

from the bottom of
the frozen pond

I write you a Christmas card
as I do each year

sign it love
as I always do

forgetting that

you are dead.

(This piece was written by Donall at one of our creative writing workshops. If you have been to one of our workshops and would like to submit a poem or a piece of writing for our blog, please leave us a message or a comment. We’d love to post your stuff. Thank you Donall!)
  1. Eithne said:

    Love your poem Donal, the geese are captivatng

  2. What a beautiful poem this is, so haunting and touching. Your imagery is so lovely and perfect in this piece.

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