Books: Never So Close, a poem by Dermot Bolger

Never So Close is from Dermot Bolger’s new collection, Other People’s Lives, published by New Island on April 7 at €12.99. For more details, see:

Dermot Bolger’s new collection, Other People’ Lives, is published by New Island and priced at €12.99

It is strange that we never seem so close

As that afternoon when you cease to know my identity;

A long dead brother perhaps, but certainly

A welcome visitor for the whiskey I manage to smuggle in.

We sit in a sunlit courtyard of a nursing home;

Two men finally with much to say to each other, because

While I spare you the distress of my news,

We now share the fate of having lost ...