This blog ran for more than two years with no graphics--and it received about 50 page views. I was advised to add graphics; after seeing the huge public that followed blogs dedicated to homoerotic images, I decided to use that kind. The result was a dramatically increased number of monthly page views, and the number has remained fairly steady. Most of the images were found on the internet; although they are assumed to be in the public domain, they are identified as far as possible. They are exhibited under the Fair Use protections of United States copyright law: their function is simply to attract readers to the poems--I receive no economic benefit from them or from the blog. Nevertheless, they will be removed if they are copyrighted and the owner so desires.

Friday, May 6, 2016


After the heat of struggle comes the cold:
Like you, I must resist, now, growing old.
Never without foes, often unsure of a friend,
Unlucky in love like you till near the end,
Passionately I take the strength you give,
And wonder whether my words, like yours, will live.
True Irish to the marrow, you took old age
Dreaming and fighting.  And, tempering your rage
In the blood, bone and sinew of your art,
Defied both defeat and triumph.  So great was your heart.