Hideout – now finished

stone-bridgenot finished with this one yet…. had to stop and go to class!


Thanks for all the responses to that first line!


I wanted to post Irish poet  Desmond Egan’s poem “Hideout” and couldn’t find it online.  All I could find was a YouTube video of him reading it.

So when I got back from class,  I listened to that, and wrote down the words.

I think it is a marvelous poem.



Oaks down the road

fall into their own shadows

making the quiet


And not for double decker Dublin

would I swap my little stream,

its imaginary whisper,

its stone bridge for sitting on,

its bank sloping with saplings

and greeny light,

its flicker of midges.

Down there

the sound of a car empties

like an ambulance passing

or the

crinkle of a trout

and everything is othered

by this puzzle of water

barely moving its cloud.

Once I ran away there

and never came back.





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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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