November 20, 2012

The Dublin Connection by Nina Romano

The Dublin Connection
for: Marie Lovas

Where can I run?
Who can I go to?
You’re where the ancients are now, 
how dare I call upon you?
The hills look the same, 
glowing through morning mist, 
an array of brilliance in between 
a patina-smeared artist’s palette.
I spoke to you of this
that last phone call.
Your absence, 
magpie on the wing, 
black and white but with no prattling,
only still sunlight all around,
as you crest the mount—a canvas of red- 
rust, yellow-auburn 
splashed paint
in a smattering of green;
though majestic and mystical—
nothing like your voice,
the charming lilt and cadence— 
the Irish, mo chara, in your speech.

Nina Romano earned an M.F.A. from FI U. The author of two poetry collections: Cooking Lessons by Rock Press, and Coffeehouse Meditations, from Kitsune Books, she's been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.  Romano is the co-author of Writing in a Changing World. Her poetry collection, She Wouldn’t Sing at My Wedding, is forthcoming from Bridle Path Press. Her debut short story collection, The Other Side of the Gates, will be published in 2013.

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