"Summer Goes On" published in The Stony Thursday Book

"Summer Goes On" was published in Autumn 2013 issue of The Stony Thursday Book, a collection of contemporary poetry edited by Paddy Bushe and published by the Arts Office of Limerick City. 

 

Summer Goes On

 

All I have is a sink of shaving water,

And a future burnt to cinders.

The horn of evening sags over rooftops,

Dublin squats in her womb of colour.

 

Engraved among traffic lights and alleys,

My footprints leave their polluted prose.

I strut without shame down Bachelor’s Walk,

Chewing my loneliness like tobacco. 

 

The punters are a forest of sunburnt limbs,

Accents fluid as alkali, eyes jacketed in black glass.

My hands are steady, my eyes swallow 

The detail of faces, unnamed as balaclavas. 

 

August goes on, in unstoppable colour. 

Four corners of boredom salt the edge. 

The life I find myself leading has shrunk,

As I learn silence as a second language. 

Daniel Wade

Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. His spoken word album Embers and Earth, available for download on iTunes and Spotify, launched the previous October at the National Concert Hall. A prolific performer, Daniel has featured in festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Culture Night and the West Belfast Festival. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry has appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012.