From Dublin to Dahab

1- Leaving Eire

kissing amanda
on her way to mass
she loved me

& i knew
i was blessed today
with the sun & rain

in dublin
on my way to israel

of the tribes
with you on the horizon
blue dawn rising

inside my soul
remembering the traveler children

on grafton street
the buskers, beggars,
kegs of beer,

the refugees,
my friends
leaving you

the urban decay
at victoria station
on the gatwick express

passing me
london from the night sky
full of americans and jews

on the subject of history
these lies & paris
is below us

talking now to you
the blarney stone
on my lips

liquid poetry
revealing the moments
we share tonight

in the promised land
they steal from everyone
the first day it was my eyes an ears

& so to the sinai i will go
you have driven me away
for now

2 – Dahab

the first time in dahab
meteors falling from heaven to earth
across arabia

& the bedoiun
stole the costumes
i was sending home

with leons first uv poi
an my ponamu lost to the desert
like everything else

danish kristina
angel of my dreams
you saved me that night

later taken prisoner
by the egyptian police
for questioning

allah said
i will bring you closer through this
an a fat detective asks me to leave town

with these tears
the women in my heart
surrounding me with their songs

showing me the way forward
my brother morgan standing close
the music in his eyes

moonchild rising
now i write for you

fran & clare
fallen angels
the children at eel garden

the drugs we took together
the dives we made

only for you
sweet travelers

3 – Escape

on the road
with mauritio heading for costa rica
with the crew close behind

in the sunshine
heading for israel

do you understand
the gift of silence
alone in the desert

the circles drawn
beyond the gates of jerusalem
jesus full of sorrow

blood red
red dawn red dusk red eyes
blackred death

the wall
the rock her tomb
his grotto

in my soul
the spirit stirring with a view of the old city
from petra hostel

then to tel avivi
to swim in the mediterranean
& i meet stuart that night by the hand of god

4 – Tatoos

on the inside
my guides like a dream
arriving in their own time

uris wedding on the equinox
sunset lady on ben yehuda st
watching me walking by

& my heart falling every time
like this chant a spell in my prayers
these words

with the jewish girls
seducing me tonight
the silver moon shining

on the red earth blue tears falling
an my sister gerry emailing me

blue women orange
in her eyes love

& its time to go to sea
to leave all these words
behind me

learning from our mistakes
raindancing with you
at last

5 – Autumn

I spent rosh hashana
inside a jewish settlement of palistine
with lihi & shai year 5760

now in judgement
a new tribe runs on the streets
at yom kipur

with the magic in our souls
the tide that will take us
from here

to india
the americas
mother africa with her drum

calling me

to write
like a dream
the things you desire

golden apples
in my heart stolen hamsa
with the stories

from ireland
hidden sorrows
tantra like a shield

6 – Danger

drugs & sex possessed
teaching you a year has passed
since i wrote last

turning now to you my friends
gidi juggling on the beach
an its time to leave

this war zone
shalom shalom
may jehovah bring you peace

in my eyes seeking
courage strength

to guide you
through the wilderness
if you wish

gifts to share

does god will to rain fire
on these people
for their sins

i watch in sorrow an fear
at the insanity of our earth and her children
may i find the faith to follow truth

with compassion
my brothers & sisters
at last

7 – Rebirth

i weep as i leave you this boxing day
for the uk

an by new years
at the brixton academy
with the legend simon posford

on stage
swinging blue ledlight poi
playing with the energy

by train to the brighton coast
to sit with truffle an karen
that afternoon

dublin to dahab by liam kumar



A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it – Frank Howard Clark

A hug is like a boomerang you get it back right away – Bil Keane

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous – Ingrid Bergman

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years – Rupert Brooke

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge – Thomas Carlyle

A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven – Boethius

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy – George Jean Nathan

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love – Henri B. Stendhal

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea – Honore de Balzac

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time – Julie Andrews

All mankind loves a lover – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words – William Shakespeare

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet – Plato

Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. I’d stepped in it a few times – Rita Rudner

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage – Lao Tzu

Can miles truly separate you from friends, if you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there – Richard Bach

Do all things with love – Og Mandino

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity – George Bernard Shaw

A soft refusal is not always taken, but a rude one is immediately believed – Alexander Chase


He who angers you conquers you – Elizabeth Kenny

Anger is a short madness – Horace

Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts – Ovid

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools – Albert Einstein

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind – Robert Green Ingersoll

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding – Mohandas Gandhi

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it – Marcus Aurelius

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured – Mark Twain

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned – Buddha

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before, it takes something from him – Louis L’Amour

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean – Maya Angelou

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned – William Congreve

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love – George Eliot

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size – Sydney J. Harris

Expressing anger is a form of public littering – Willard GaylinAnger is one of the sinews of the soul – Thomas Fuller

Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them – James Fallows


God will forgive me. It’s his job – Heinrich Heine

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave – Indira Gandhi

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself – Ausonius

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names – John F. Kennedy

Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much – Oscar Wild

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting – William A. Ward

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance – Adlai E. Stevenson

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself – Suzanne Somers

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits – Hannah More

Forgiveness is the final form of love – Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it – Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life – George MacDonald

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom – Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness means letting go of the past – Gerald Jampolsky

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven – Thomas Fuller

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another – Jean Paul


“The mark of an educated mind is the ability to entertain a thought without accepting it” -Aristotle.

“Originality is the art of concealing your sources”

“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” -Gandhi

“all that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wonder are lost” – JRR Tolkien

“última flor do Lácio, inculta e bela” – “the last flower of Latium, wild and beautiful”- Olavo Bilac

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations -?

“I suspect that many of the great cultural shifts that prepare the way for political change are largely aesthetic – J. G. Ballard

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – J Krishnamurti

“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert

“It is hope, not despair, what makes a revolution successful.” – Chinese fortune cookie

Presence always trumps presents.” – Joe Kelly, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

We’re running an uncontrolled experiment on the only home we have.” – Bill Collins from Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Become the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi