Peter Fallon grew up on a farm near Kells, Co. Meath. He has published many collections of poetry including translations of Virgil. His latest book is Strong My Love. He is the founding editor of The Gallery Press, one of Ireland’s most distinguished publishers of poetry.
An OutlookThey have ruffled
the embers of evening
and flap from its flames.
They come like clockwork,
minutes later every eventide,
a loud returning that proclaims
the row of limes in which
they pause, en route to roosting
in the rookery, a place of rest.
They sketch black scripture in the sky. They watch
from trees where they don’t nest –
these pairs and threes, tens
and dozens making thousands –
while I, intent on praise and mesmerized, wonder what,
as they fly by, they might be and realize: they are the days.
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