Saturday, 5 May 2012

Innocence Personified

Cool Splashes tingling in the evening sun,
water trickling down her face,
sweaty limbs danced to the moody waves
lashing against her body,
arched momentarily as the sea sprayed its charm
still young enough to scream and shout,
her giggling voice faded under the Atlantic crush,
she rose above the surf, trembling with joy,
salt cleansed her burning flesh,
her petulant figure washed away,
a new shape reappeared above the waves,
the laughter stopped,
the sea surrendered to this new performance,
mature and graceful she stood alone.

Rooftop Rhythms in Abu Dhabi

Last month I read three poems at this Open Mic Event in Le Terrace Restaurant and Cafe.  More than a hundred people came along to listen to poets, comics and singers from Ireland, America, Iran and Sudan.  Organised by Paul D and DJ Black Wolf it was their second show and it was great to be able to take to the stage after such a long absence.  My last performance was in October 2010 when I launched my book Kill Your Television in Lynotts on Achill Island, Ireland two months before I moved to Abu Dhabi.  Bahareh Amidi, Andree Reynolds, Adalla Ellis, Ahmed Elshafea with Hiba and Kimberley Glaspie rocked it on the night in the open air.

Bahareh Amidi reading one of her poems at Rooftop Rhythms.

It was a wonderful night and I look forward to the next one at the end of May.   I read Keel, Kill Your Television and The Long Goodbye.  Above  I have included a poem Innocence Personified from my collection Kill Your Television because I felt I was reborn after I performed.  A new light was shining and it hasn't stopped yet.

The Viaduct Bards - Poetry in Motion

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