Day 29 of Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats and today’s quote is from ‘No Second Troy’

‘Why, what could she have done, being what she is? Was there another Troy for her to burn?’—W.B. Yeats

Jane’s blog is:

My poem is called: UNDER PARIS



is the consciousness

in this constant climb

in this city of constrictions

and its current that constricts

and I can’t catch a breath.


And the barricades have broken.



by the beat

my feet can’t follow

and so I am swallowed

sinking in this city of stone swamps

and its concrete that compresses

and I can’t get a grip.


And the barricades have fallen.



is the spirit

of a soul now struggling

through these streets of revolutions

and its suburbs of no solutions

and not a single resolution.


And the barricades are weighing.



was her Troy

as this place is my poison

burning through this body of burdens

wondering if it was seduction or abduction

that imprisoned us both under Paris.


Are we to be buried

beneath this barricade?


All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

UNDER PARIS, day 29 of A Month with Yeats

17 thoughts on “UNDER PARIS, day 29 of A Month with Yeats

      • Well that was the hope but that hope is currently ‘missing in action’! So months of no internet, no tv, a courier company who stole my mobile phone, a solicitor in Ireland transferring a big amount of my money into someone else’s account due to some email fraud in their office and now the police are trying to solve it and until then I get nothing and then a burglary and a partner whose gone silent!!! I’m not sure what to deal with when! Thankfully the year is almost over!

      • What a catalogue of disasters! I didn’t realise it was that bad. Is it the gardai that are onto the fraud? Where does your partner live? I assume it’s not in Paris. Poor you. I’m not surprised you can’t wait for 2017 to be over.

      • The gardai are on it but from the solicitors side so I get no input or real info just told to wait! My partner does live in Paris, not far away at all, but seems to be staying away currently! No idea what’s the deal there!
        It will all be okay soon 🤞 🤗🤗

  1. Oh gosh, Damien. I didn’t know you were facing such a litany of horrible disasters. I hope your Teddy is still there! Wow, and you’ve been ghosted, too? Who would do that? He’s a jerk–unless he’s trying to reach you on your stolen phone or through your nonexistent Internet service. In any case, hugs!
    On the plus side–good poem, and I like how you connect Helen’s Paris and yours. 🙂

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