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In

Memoria

SAMUEL J. RYAN

(1688-1968)

CONTENTS

Civil Engineer

of ccsueccr. Co. Mayo

Spring

Summer

Wind-blown petals lie

Winter

Autumn

on gun-metal lake

but when they have gone

deep pools in corners

Seasons

Dawn on an industrial landscape

seem pole in comparison.

Norton Gleen

Teesside - on aspect

Solway Scene

DumfriesshiIe rtor Jov)

The Storm

Snow

But for the water drips, everything seemed dead

MawganPorth

The Atlantic breaks

on the golden strand, creon-crests cascading on fine drilting sand

its constant hammer

Positives

The wild coast rises

sheer from ocean's !lOOT 10 elms crowned with thrift

night·train homeward bound

Red House Children - they're clever!

Red House children are clever, They pass on to other schools

And when they all grow up. you see They all gel lovely jobs.

like sweeping out laboratories And making trnnq-me.bobs

The Grunion (With apologies to C.LD.)

In the glimmer hero circled

Yes it was tile tersome beastie

For Feargus

Use your eye, see art in nowera Hear the music in Spring showers

Second Son

smallish nose rumpled clothes

loitered books,

When alone

God sofekeep

He's awake

our son Liorn

Ireland

April in connemcrc (lorHR)

Forty summers gone, colleen in boreen .

no side·lon9 glance tor him, lonely lies the land,

big house. deserted

stands sad up on the hilh populace dwindles.

yet new churches rise above Celtic crosses! contradictory land

both training ground tOI priests and base camp tor rebels.

BeUast

Rubble-strewn squcnes gutted houses

stark reminders

01 civil stnte, rust-pocked wire and armed soldiery

help maintain an uneasy peace,

busy city

streets show young tear tilled faces three hundred years old

Georgian Lament

Tenement rookeries,

Now the haUnt 01 whores

Gondon's elegance Is still to be seen

Eighteen Contemporary haiku

The river meanders From mountain 10 sea, With dork water lapping The boats by the quay

Swilling by bridges

And stately white swans By brewery bcnqes

And green spacious lawns

Elsewhere modern buildings

curlew calling droplets

Oil every Uroin

Neon kaleidoscope And classical tlwnws

Parliament House, Four Courts And the King's lnn~; [00

lakeside stones

roms by

headstones Jaded names lading memories

drizzle

LOSS

(A 5yliable poem with an optic pattern based on a poem by wu-tj)

No

footfall

on hall floor no rub of silk

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