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the madrigal, volume iii.v

Christy Moore

by nathanael o'reilly

at the Barrowlands in Glasgow
Christy Moore sings Missing You
I’d give all for the price of a flight
brings middle-aged men to tears


Christy Moore sings Missing You
at the Point Depot in Dublin
brings middle-aged men to tears
as the crowd sings, a drunken choir


at the Point Depot in Dublin
Christy sings Fairytale of New York
as the crowd sings, a drunken choir
connects through words and music


Christy sings Fairytale of New York
as the crowd shares sweat and tears
connects through words and music
loved ones and strangers embrace


the crowd shares sweat and tears
sings I’d give all for the price of a flight
loved ones and strangers embrace
at the Barrowlands in Glasgow

Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian poet residing in Texas. His books include Boulevard, (Un)belonging, Preparations for Departure and Distance. His poetry has appeared in publications from fourteen countries, including Anthropocene, Bealtaine, Beir Bua, Cordite, fourW, Mascara and Westerly. He is the poetry editor for Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature.