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Catch Me While You Have The Light by Richard W. Halperin

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Catch Me While You Have the Light

Halperin, Richard W.

    for Paul T Dillon

Pearse Station, Dublin.
A blue net stretched across its ceiling
Keeps objects which my tax euros helped pay for
From falling on my head.

Because of Veronica Lake – ‘The Star Veronica Lake,’
As Weegee entitled his photo of her 
Which belongs in the Louvre – 
Women who worked in wartime factories
Were forced to wear snoods, so that their hair
Wouldn’t get caught in machinery.
My tax euros helped pay for the
Divine blue snood in Pearse.

I drink my coffee bought at the platform shop,
Await my train to Greystones,
Feel like a king.

A pigeon walks with dignity,
Despite intestinal distress,
On the blue net.
Another king.

Pigeons will one day walk through
All of Pearse and all of the Louvre
And other roofless edifices,
As rhododendrons cover the entirety of the isle of Ireland
And as God knows what covers the entirety of France.

The Angelus rings.

Miss Lake looked beautiful.

Catch me while you have the light.
Catch me while you have the light.

Copyright © Richard W. Halperin 2018

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