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On the 7am Luas to Tallaght

I never thought that the West would be like this: Trying to sleep on the tram to Tallaght at dawn, My mouth so dry I can no longer taste your kiss. Swapping words in ten languages for tiredness, Fellow passengers stare out, barely able to yawn: They never thought the West would be like this. This journey compounds every ache of loneliness. I close my eyes, unable to stop thinking of home, My mouth so dry I can no longer taste your kiss. Last night on the phone I could sense your stress, Our children no longer asking when will I come: I never thought that the West would be like this. To them Im now a cheque from a foreign address, A man who builds apartments we could never own, My mouth so dry I can no longer taste your kiss. All day I will shovel cement, yearning to caress Your neck with each button of your blouse undone: I never thought that the West would be like this, My mouth so dry I can no longer taste your kiss. - Dermot Bolger

From County Lives, a sequence of poems by Dermot Bolger, primarily in the voices of commuters undertaking everyday journeys across South Dublin County. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council through In Context 3 and funded under the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Governments Per Cent for Art Scheme, these poems are being displayed in twelve locations across the County between Sept 2007 and Sept 2008. Their texts can be downloaded at www.incontext.southdublin.ie where comments may also be left for the author. Between the January 1st and March 30th 2008, people who live or work in South Dublin County are invited to submit to the author, via this website, up to three original poems that reect some aspect of their lives within the county. In September 2008, the full text of County Lives will be published, consisting of Dermot Bolgers original sequence interlinked with a representative cross section of submitted poems by other authors. Designed and produced by Yellowstone Communications Design 670 4200.