Welcome to #2 of WrittenWisdomWednesday, I know it’s late but it’s here. Today, I want to acknowledge one of the first poets that I ever fell in love with, Derek Mahon. I studied him for my Leaving Cert, before that I had no interest in poetry. To me it seemed like flowery nonsense about love and obsession, ” You are the sun, the moon blah blah blah.” Although I believe that love is possible, I’m a realist and the dramatic nature of what I thought most poems and their proclamations of love were was unrelatable, especially for a young girl who has never been in any relationship. Also the long winded and multiple adjectives that all meant the same, quite frankly made me roll my eyes.
Derek Mahon’s was different. Simple. Easy. Accessible and Grounded in the real world. It simplicity made it stick but although it was everyday words that everyone uses, he had a unique feature, he gave the villains of history a voice. Sometimes we as humans are so fixated on the Superhero Marvel movie of good vs evil, that we are harsh. Mahon made us sympathise with those labeled “bad”, which is a quality that it rare. He was my first inspiration and this is the first of his poems that I studied :