but she’s not, and her eyes steam
like blue chai tea
above the solar flare of her smile …
or not, depending.
Then she moves and her hair flows:
its subliminal susurration a siren call
for my fingers to follow its caress of shoulders
gleaming softly as the hurricane lamps
through the canvas walls of a base camp,
and my mind wanders.
I wrest it back to reality:
shamed by harder ardour
and pragmatic self-imaging.
If I were twenty years younger …
I still wouldn’t rate such beauty
even if I’d had the courage then.
Self hate and reality:
the two bastards in my life...
but a dream is neither gateway
Sing to me the insanity of love.
Teach me the language of foolishness
and I will give you my remaining years.
Can dom an gealtachta an ghrá .
Múin dom an teanga baoise
agus beidh mé a thabhairt duit mo blianta atá fágtha.
Encouraged by the – granted partisan – response to a short verse on a birthday card made in primary school, Perry McDaid persevered with poetry and prose to be widely published. A great source of solace and therapy through the Northern Ireland troubles he taps into his Gaelic roots beyond the contemporary and creates characters and scenarios to engage and entertain. He lives in Derry beneath the brooding brows of Donegal hills, often trekking their furrowed roads and verdant fields for inspiration.
His diverse creative writing appears internationally in the like of Bookends Review; 365 Tomorrows; 13 o’clock Press; Curiosity Quills; Aurora Wolf; Runtzine; Amsterdam Quarterly and many others.
Books published are Pixels: The Cause and the Cloud Cuckoo; Mythic Blood (The Milesian revised); Paladin of Tarrthála: The Dissector’s Cut and String of Misery (short story collection) cover genres from semi-autobiographical, through adapted mythology, to original science fantasy and horror. His pipeline project is an innovative collaborative SF/gothic novel with CJ Alexander.
Poetry collections include Victims and Angels; Crossing Vallecula; Open your Mind, Open your Heart; Ruby Silver and Cardboard City Opera. A selection of collaborations and numerous publications bring the count to well over a thousand published.
He also does art.