Borrowed Words is my tribute poem to James Joyce. I choose the title because I borrowed some lines and words from Ulysses to write my poem of Leopold and Molly in as few words as possible.
He faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower
the surrounding land and the awaking mountains.
and time one livid final flame
His slow feet walked him riverward, reading
Those priceless pages of Wilhelm Meister
A great poet on a great brother poet.
Beautiful weather it was, delightful indeed
Walking into eternity
Along Sandymount Strand
And the last glow of all too fleeting day lingered lovingly
On the proud promontory of dear old Howth
Guarding as ever the waters of the bay.
-Wait my love, and I will be with you
The sun shines for you, he said the day
We were lying among the Rhododendrons
On Howth head in his grey tweed suit and straw hat
The day I got him to propose to me