‘In a Small Run-Down Bookshop’ by John Anthony Fingleton

In a small run-down bookshop,
Near the banks of the River Seine,
I found a book of poems by William Yeats,
It spoke of that failed Rebellion,
When a ‘terrible beauty’ had been born;
And of fairy forts and kings and magic lakes.
When I turned to read of Adam’s Curse,
A piece of folded paper tumbled out,
Fayed and aged by its captured time.
When I carefully prised it open,
The words made the tears fill up in me,
As I wondered if the writer
Even made his journey, back home to his isle of Innisfree.


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John Anthony Fingleton: Was born in Cork City, in the Republic of Ireland. Now living in Paraguay South America. Poems published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, UK, USA, India and France as well as three plays produced. Poet of the Year (2016) Destiny Poets International Community. Poems read on Irish and American radio as well in Spanish on South American broadcasts. Contributed to four books of poetry for children. Has poems published in numerous national and international journals, reviews, and anthologies. Poet of the Month (March 2019) Our Poetry Archive. Poet of the Month (April 2019) The League of Poets. First solo collection ´Poems from the Shadowlands´ was published in November 2017, ‘Words That Found Me’ December 2019 ‘Poems From The Banks’ January 2020 and ‘Poems from a Restricted Place’ April 2020 which are all available on Amazon.


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