A Bit o' Bob in Dublin

A Bit o Bob

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

A Bit o' Bob in Dublin

We found the house on Ranelagh Road,
three-story brick building,
a preschool and Torc Feed and Grain

Sprinkled his sister’s ashes
on the threshold, a link from
California to their Irish roots

The house served his great-grandfather well,
until he, like so many others, fled
to the promised land

He had a “bit o’ bob” they told us,
given its once fancy address.
We breathed in its now bare

façade, felt its pull,
listened as it called
from the deep earth