Tuesday Poem: An Outlook

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 Outlook

They 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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