The Castle on the River

A poem and photograph from my latest book, Ireland, Place out of Time (2017). Order your copy from Amazon.

A poem and photograph from my latest book, Ireland, Place out of Time (2017). Order your copy from Amazon.

The Castle on the River

At Ballynahinch, the stones
massive and weighty, watch
over the river’s journey, flowing past
a centuries-old façade

Monument to excess and a way
of life long since gone
of hunting parties, hounds, shotguns
and birds on the wing

castle walls hold secrets
of Irish music and dance,
grand buffets,
women in fancy dresses

Today, tourists shoot clay pigeons
launched from a steel tower
while staff re-create a more genteel
time—only 300 Euros per night