The Whore of Western Europe (a poem of contemporary Dublin)

This city once knew herself
While the World waged wars of indifference
From the Crimea to the Adriatic
And she knew of nothing better
Nothing freer, more beautiful
Or attainable than pure survival.
Now, with infinite riches and limited tolerance
She can have whatever or whoever she wants ;
The rod of our whore, though, has turned to iron
And callously she wields it.
She never had a master and grew wilder
Each time she repelled an advance.
The Norse laid her streets but not subdue her ;
The Normans beat her naked but not break her ;
And the English ( ah, the English ) starved her,
Raped her, burned her, placed her in chains
And forced her to watch as they killed her children,
But coldly she eyed them all and said
‘I can never be yours’.
To a friend, I explained, that in the Summer
Her perfume rises from the Liffey with the heat
Wafting through the city to drive the men and women,
Boys and girls, crazy in the heart and head
To drink and fuck
For a three month orgy of Bacchalian proportions,
Then they fight each-other as though fighting God.
Somewhere in her spirit there is a promise to everyone :
I will gladly give you all that you need
If you give me all that you could have.
There is no intention for the promise to be kept,
But the tears that are wept chasing that dream
Cause the wisest and strongest to moan, to scream ;
As she exacts the price
For ever being their lover.

The Whore of Western Europe (a poem of contemporary Dublin)

mkl .

Paris, France

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This is an allegorical (ish) poem written about Dublin. Mainly it deals with the city as a woman who has been used and abused so much that she either forgets how to care for her children or spoils them into indulgence.

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