Dermot Healy

The Tickles of Mating

for Jack Donlon The cicadas of Ecuador start the buzz by beating their timbals together in time; the fireflies do it by synchronizing the sparks in the dark; the zigzags of Crete begin by piping a sac under their wings, …

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The Souls

1 On the way to a funeral in Cavan a crow flew into the windscreen. On the way to another funeral in Cavan a rabbit went under the wheel. Listen! I heard souls shoot up with a thump straight to …

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