David J McDonagh – Native


David J McDonagh has previously published poetry on-line under the name Joseph Maximilian at www.fanstory.com/joseph_maximilian. He recently completed the on-line creative writing course run by Galway based poet Fred Johnston. His work has been published in the printed version of The Galway Review, Issue 1, Spring 2013. He lives in Tuam, County Galway with his wife Linda and their twin boys Theo and Fionn.


On the train from the ferry,
I’m pointing, enthusing;
nose snug in the guidebook,
you snigger at ‘BUTT Bridge’.

Five minutes later,
while crossing the Loopline,
you’re lovestruck…

Tossing the guidebook,
you set out to find
the city behind the city,

going native,
like I did,
and many before us
(settlers, invaders,
workers, dreamers)
—how a city becomes a city.

At the General Post Office,
pillar hugging,
nose snug in the fluting,
I see you approaching,
your hand reaching phoneward;

I answer,
stepping forward
to make my proclamation…


Originally entered in the Uniquely Dublin Competition, Written Word category, in February 2013 and posted on the Uniquely Dublin Competition Facebook page.



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