Tuesday Poem: Alexandria

"I realise now

Tuesday Poem: Alexandria

Together as ghosts we stroll,

lost in a modernised world; altered

city streets have turned shops around,

moved on their occupants, run rings

round their once bright eyes.

Here, in this imagined city

of my heart, we chase Cavafy’s

shadow down blind alleyways

slipping between light and dark

as the sun appears to leave us.

You tell me of the café-bars

your younger self frequents, a glass

of conversation at the end of the day.

I drink it all in; the dust, hot

air blown ashore and the glitter

of glances as we pass. Here

we are in your last city,

walking our way through lifetimes,

whole empires falling as we talk,

making our way to the port.

- Matthew Geden was born in England, and moved to Kinsale in 1990. His most recent collection is The Place Inside is published by Dedalus Press.

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