Saturday, March 28, 2009


a ship arrived in valparaíso
dropped its anchor in the bay
her name reminded me of kingdoms
sunlit countries far away

come along with me she whispered
far from cloud and mist for you'll
find beneath the andes mountains
an awesome city - bright as a jewel

but I was young and would not wander
with hope and youth i chose instead
the promises of verse and fable
from the wondrous book i read

the ship sailed off into the vapour
shining like gold its mast so bright
it wrote its story on the parchment
high amidst the stars that night
An Dr Pádraig de Brún
(1889 - 1960)

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