I wrote this poem at a time when many of my friends were emigrating and I also left for a while. No matter where I may end up, Dublin will always have my heart.

The latest edition of our Dublin Talent comes from poet Kerrie O’Brien, who wrote this poem about her love for Dublin and her connection to our beautiful city.


The days overlap
Staring out the windows
Of too many fading rooms

I run my hands over this city
Know the skin of it, how it opens
Don’t know if I should go

There’s something about the rain
The bitter taste of it
The way it gets right to you
Closer than your veins
And stays

And it’s not grey
Not in the mornings
When you feel like you were born
Just to know what it is
To walk alone in sunlit streets

It’s dark tonight
Don’t let me go out
Without looking back

But if I do –
If I go before you

Remember to bury me here –

It’s the only place my bones
Will lie still

Kerrie O’ Brien has been published in various Irish and UK literary journals. In February 2012 she was the first poet to read as part of the New Writers Series in Shakespeare & Co. Paris. Her poem Blossoms was chosen as the winning entry in the Emerging Talent category of the 2011 iYeats Poetry Competition and her work was highly commended for the Over the Edge New Writer of The Year Competition 2011 She was the winner of the RTÉ Arena Flash Fiction Competition 2012 and Culture Ireland sponsored her to read in Los Angeles in June. She received an Arts Council Literature Bursary for her first official collection and two of her poems have appeared in New Irish Writing in the Independent. She was one of the emerging writers chosen to read at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival 2013 as well as the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2013, Listowel Writers’ Week 2013, Cuisle International Poetry Festival 2013 and The Bram Stoker Festival 2013.  Her poetry chapbook Out of the Blueness was published in 2011 and she is currently working on her first collection Illuminate.

Read more about Kerrie here.