In Bewley’s Coffe House; a poem for Bloomsday

In Bewley’s

The 16th of June is Bloomsday, the day on which Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses is set. I have never been in Dublin on the day itseld but here’s a sonnet remembering my first day in Dublin, in Bewley’s Oriental Coffee house, about to set off on one of the most significant adventures of my life.

as always you can hear the poem by clicking on the ‘play’ button or on the title

In Bewley’s 

I look up, hands around my coffee cup,
On Grafton street in Bewley’s coffee shop,
Blue Mountain, Java and Colombian
The labels are a journey on their own
Then the aroma as they’re ground by hand,
Beans broken open. Out of every land,
Separate savours float across this room
Of dark mahogany, to a softer bloom
Of stained glass windows, where I sit apart
Warming my hands, and waiting on my heart
To call me to adventure. I have found my voice,
Yeats in my pocket, backpack full of Joyce ,
I’m nineteen, it is nineteen seventy-seven
And Dublin is the very gate of heaven.

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7 responses to “In Bewley’s Coffe House; a poem for Bloomsday

  1. Warming my hands, and waiting on my heart
    To call me to adventure. I have found my voice,

  2. Sally Phalan

    Lovely poem, Malcolm, you evoke the atmosphere of Bewley’s perfectly, AND of what it feels like to be 19 setting out on an adventure – I hope it was a great one!

  3. Eileen Pheiffer

    I have long been a coffee junkie and thanks to you, a poetry one as well.

  4. xh8viphomacam1987

    Reblogged this on Brianna Wallace Site.

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