Maurice Devitt

East Meets West

Maurice Devitt

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On the road outside Kinsale there is a sign

that marks the end of the Wild Atlantic Way.

If only Canute had known it would be so easy

to hold back the tide, a red line

through squiggles of blue and there you have it,

a convenient fold in the map,

skate-boarding in miniature,

just enough to catch a glimpse of the world beyond,

concertina of history pulled to full bellow

and, in every nook, a monk writing for his life,

every cranny, an earl waiting for the dark

clock of history to chime,

invite him to walk on with a practised speech,

sharpened sword and guidebook in treason.

Not for him the cold blow of the Atlantic,

the infinite coastline or the pirates

secreted in every crease. No, he accepts

the bookie’s view of history, discrete

choices, in-play betting and a battle-field

strewn with the victims of chance.

Maurice Devitt

Maurice Devitt is a graduate of the MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, he is the recent winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition 2015. He has been placed or shortlisted in many competitions including the Over the Edge New Writer Competition, Cuirt New Writing Award, the Listowel Writers’ Week Collection Competition and the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition. He has had poems published in various journals in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Mexico, Romania, India and Australia and is a founder member and chairperson of the Hibernian Writers’ Group