Sean Walsh

I live in Dublin, Ireland. Sometimes. Most times I live in my head, quite unaware of my surroundings – if you know what I mean… If you succeed in tracking Sean Walsh, please let me know, ok? I've been searching for him for years…

A Gathering…

Published on Sunday 3rd November 2013 by Sean Walsh

On pay night, a pub. Pint of bitter your only man –

only man I could afford at the time (late 60’s).

West Kensington, Wandsworth Common –

wherever my local happened to be…

The public bar. A cheaper pint. A dart board. Dominoes.

An open fire keeping body and soul together.

And Irish, dozens of Irish.

Paddies from the west and south of Ireland,

speaking Hiberno English –

quite unaware of the music

in their voices, their accents.

Navvies with strong, calloused hands…

I mixed with them, listened to them – ‘never one of them…

Though I did not realise it at the time

I was netting a rich harvest:

words, sentences, turns of phrase

that would surface again

in years to come… result in Drama

that would strike a chord

in the heart of Everyman.

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