20 May World of Dreams
World of Dreams
For Sandra Sineux
After spending the morning in bed with the world and its press,
We passed onto the little chores with the child running happily amongst us.
After lunch, sleep came upon us then in the house.
It was brought on by a plaintive voice
Accompanied by the distant thunder of soft violins,
Which summoned up for us in our dreamy heads
All of the beauty of maps and charts of the globe.
We crossed whole histories, reliving the dawn.
With the jets in our heads we plunged to a terrific doom.
It was all brought on by the splash of the world,
It was all brought on by the splash of the world.
We dived and dived until we were sea-soaked,
Only coming back up to re-surface into the blinding light,
As the clock ticked on its own obsolete tune.
Peter O’ Neill is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Divertimento The Muse is a Dominatrix ( mgv2>publishing, France, 2016 ) and Sker ( Lapwing, Belfast, 2016 ). He edited And Agamemnon Dead, An Anthology of Early Twenty First Century with Walter Ruhlmann also for mgv2>publishing ( 2015 ). He is the founder of Donkey Shots, an avant garde poetry festival which takes place in the spring in his home-town of Skerries, north county Dublin, where he also hosts The Gladstone Readings.