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Travel Light


pack everything you need

then throw away half

let’s see what you’ve got

      luminescent, incandescent, evanescent

how long are you going for?

and all this

      sparkling, flickering, shimmering

what were you thinking of?

at the bottom

some heavier bits and bobs

      longing, falling, yearning

you can get those anywhere

cheaper too

zipped in a pocket


put that away or you’ll lose it

so it’s empty now

you wouldn’t have got far

[Published in The Hearts Deep Core (Eugene OConnell and Pat Boran eds, Dedalus Press 2017) and (in an earlier form) in The SHOp, No 14, 2004]

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