Bridge of Be-ing, all arches mirrrored upon
The river running – Heraclitean ;
Looming above… turret trumpeting,
All Barnonial excess, pure 19th century.
And aligned in sheer proximity the great monolith
Of glass and concrete, its emphasis
Presenting a sheer 20th century existentialism.
Seen from the quays, it’s pure Baudelaire!
The candelabara of Street lamps whose
Illuminating auras burnish the passerby
Ghosting them with their luminance, and lustre.
Fate drops like a Stone in the water
Troubling the stillness with ripples outward,
And whose faces Flow forever onward into the Dark Pool.
Given the current threat of extinction as a species, Peter O'Neill argues for exploration of Heidegger's vital philosophy beyond a reprehensible Nazi dalliance.https://t.co/vy3OdiLV2e@broadsheet_ie @BowesChay @EdwardClarke20 @danieleidiniph1 @wadeinthewate11 @think_or_swim
— CassandraVoices (@VoicesCassandra) August 30, 2021
There is a philosophy born of storm to encompass Be-ing,
And it assails in the tumult of the unending assault of the days.
To storm troop on and over into the assailment of the heavens;
God forbid, what is left of them those splintering fragments!
As in the woodwinds onrushing conducive to the Heart-fires
Still governing, just about, out from the holocaust of Thought.
Essence at the forefront of being, attuning to the tumult
Of the Sway, like anyone finding their ground.
Such as the down and outs rolled up in sleeping bags
On the public benches on the boardwalk,
Those pupae, or premature mummies,
Whose alarm clock would be police siren,
Heineken clock and other hallucinatory prey,
And whose breakfast would be coloured by the sweet aroma of Hashish!
Dublin, that old whore, with her piss -stained pavements / Abruptly transforms into a woman of a certain station. Peter O'Neill makes poetry out of the everydayhttps://t.co/i64mhNGR0y@KevinHIpoet1967 @corourke91 @danwadewriter @IlsaCarter1 @BowesChay
— CassandraVoices (@VoicesCassandra) September 15, 2022
Thought’s colour broodingly bleeds through to the skull,
Seeped to pour and stream into the brain.
The bridge is moored there through its anchor
Above the liquified riverbed afflux.
The skeletal fragments of a backdrop,
Etched architecture of a Gothic replica.
Its organic structure today looms out of the fog
Which to the stoner is a mesmeric enterprise to induce Funk!
Through the viral air of a city masked,
Its denizens the very harbingers of their own Hell,
Introduces the notion of Dantean comeuppance.
Tramping along on Bachelor’s Walk,
Crossing the widened Carlisle over Gandon’s hump,
Only to reach Eden – the irony sits well.
Inspired by Baudelaire, Peter O'Neill fumes about "The shitty structures which we maintain and perpetuate. / Up to our necks in it." of climate changed world.https://t.co/LQznExkcVq@whittledaway @PaddyWoodworth @think_or_swim @broadsheet_ie @wadeinthewate11 @EllieKateLily
— CassandraVoices (@VoicesCassandra) April 14, 2021
“Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.”
John A. Maher, Private Detective, peered out
The window of the fourth floor of Lafayette,
His vantage point on par with a Gargoyle!
The river split the city like a fissure, before him.
It was a city divided by accent and money.
On the northside, speech was contracted to the point
Of almost unintelligibility, which he liked
Never quite trusting language himself.
While on the south, it was all accent darling,
Barring the odd enclave. Maher moves through it all
Monosyllabic, stony-faced and with mild amusement.
Humans are weak creatures, so prone to error.
And some are driven to crime; one needs a hard fist,
Copious amounts of alcohol, and a certain penchant for metaphysics!
Feature Image: Lafayette House and O’Connell Bridge © Peter O’Neill