• Unpublished Poems


Death in Portugal

(In memory of Mary Lee Houston, deceased January 7, 1961)

Blonde hair boy-cropped, green stockings, dirty mac,
Slight hand a-tremble, lighting cigarette on cigarette,
Nerves near the surface, heart always on the rack;
Often depressed, but sometimes zany-like in drink,
Now could one overhear the mumbling reaper say:
"You’ll find your way from shyness, coldness , fear,
Far from Port Hope, Ontario, - and London too.
Your fate is death in Portugal, my dear."

19 Jan
Linen Hall Library, "Greacen014", Northern Ireland Literary Archive, accessed Thu, 06/13/2024 - 17:03, https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/greacen014