Castles of Bones

We have the crass estates
with stupid names plucked out of the air.
We have white ghosts
in sterile electronic rooms.

We have
half moon defences crumbling on cliffs,
and books of invasions.

Our castles
will be built of bones.

From the book, 'Castles of Bones', by Patrick Egan (Cardiff, Woodville Press, 2000).
Patrick Egan, from Westmeath, spent many years in Cardiff. A fluent Irish speaker, he was one of the founders of ‘Comhluadar Caerdydd’, the Cardiff Irish Language Group which launched the Wales Famine Forum. He now lives in Ireland

Published in:

The Green Dragon No 10, Spring 2002

Another poem by this author:
Recalling the churches in Normandy

An article by this author:
James Clarence Mangan

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