“…as the lank ferns congregating on verges
to make of my passing a tendril instant all their own,
draping me in meshes of green nerved light
– vestments for the journey, this parting now
of leaves wide on sensation, brimming with
a marvellous forever and sudden as sunlight on still lake water.”
‘Song for the Moment’, by Valentine Neary. Taken from his 2001 collection entitled ‘Easy Among Drumlins and other poems.’
Born in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, Valentine Neary abandoned ‘a life of idiot urgency for the hills, the grass and small skies of Monaghan’ where he passed from this life on the 7th April 2016. Condolences to his family and friends.