Honor Duff is a native of Dublin but has been living in rural Cavan for the past several years. She has had poems published in Crannog, The Stony Thursday Book, Boyne Berries, Windows Authors & Artists; was placed third in the 2012 Goldsmith Poetry Festival, and commended in the 2010 and 2012 Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award.
Two poems by Honor Duff
A GOOD DAY COMING
The ‘Sursum corda” of the birds
in the early morning light
raises great expectations.
“God is Good –
and the Devil’s not a bad fellow”,
was my mother’s mantra.
I watch a charm of goldfinch
feeding on thistles.
My heart rises.
The air is so heavy, I can barely breathe.
The charming rooom was somehow fraught with ghosts,
as Linden flower incense caught the throat.
And were they drawn inexorably by praise
of ornate moulded ceiling, hand-carved door,
or was it the stark comment of my hosts:
“This was a Jewish family home before…”
Thunder of boots upon the stairs.
Rifles batter our hand-carved door.
We draw together, say a prayer,
Out! Out! The stident voices roar.
I shudder, and they ask if I am cold?
no, just a goose that walked across my grave.
They have the same expression, I am told.
We laugh politely, situation saved.
The night oppressive,
we move out for air
upon the balcony, but,
there was none to spare.
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