THE BEAT OF THE BAT, day 2 of A Month with Yeats


For Jane Dougherty’s Yeats poetry challenge today’s quote is: “… the dark folk who live in souls of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees;” —W.B. Yeats

To read Jane’s WB inspired gems or to join the other poets in this adventure check out her site at:

My poem today is called THE BEAT OF THE BAT


The brighter man, the lighter man,

the darker truth, the deeper vein,

bind me to the rough, the real man,

I beat as a bat.

The clearer glass, elusive glass,

the broken bed, the better lay,

tie me to the rider, all night,

I beat like a bat.

The gentle rose, considered rose,

the troubled torn, the rotting root,

plant me in the wild field, riled field,

I beat as a bat.

The sweetest light, the sun light

the witching hour, the darkest night,

pitch me in the rainstorm, windstorm,

I beat like a bat.

The house plant, the tendered plant,

the raging bark, the twisted branch,

nature’s not calm, not quiet, nor I;

I beat as a bat.

An angel rises to heaven’s skies,

bats hang downside, looking inside,

teach me what’s inside,

light the dark side,

I’ll see like a bat.


All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

8 thoughts on “THE BEAT OF THE BAT, day 2 of A Month with Yeats

  1. “bats hang downside, looking inside,

    teach me what’s inside,

    light the dark side,

    I’ll see like a bat.” – wonderful lines.

    1. Thanks Jane, I tried to keep within the meter you set out, a few fumbles along the way but I think it was you who said rules are made to be broken, slightly 😂🤗

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