A Poetry Showcase from Robin McNamara

Rain Over Kuala Lumpur

The milky white mist rolls 
across the Klang River  
in April morning in shrouds
of silence with the shrill of
the eared nightjar breaking night
to early light across the still sleeping city.

A rouge cloud threatens rain
with the rising heat thunder cracks 
across the sky near Ketumbar Hill
and soon the lalang grass is covered 
in rain moisture that quickly dries 
as quickly as the thunder and rain comes
and goes and I’m reminded of how
fleeting beautiful things are if we let 
them go too soon.  

Gingko in a Tokyo Street

The tree sparrow nestles 
upon the wire
and tries to translate into song —
how the ginkgo 
lost her yellow dress that day

While
under neon lights —  
illuminated mannequins show dresses 
she’ll never wear. 

There’s a dynasty of lost souls — 
I see them. Waiting like Hachiko; 
for death to be reversed.


Kintsugi Imperfections

Meadow morning kisses the light,
beckoning me to a two-fold road
with a rust-old generational gate.
Shadows laced across your face /

daughter of grace, with a petal face
fragile, like crystal, almost l ike - kintsugi.
I swallow your imperfections whole /
they devour me.

Swallows fly across the weathervane 
uncertain to where, the wind blows /
uncertain to where, the water flows.

The sun an orange blush.



Bio: Robin McNamara is an Irish poet. His debut chapbook Under a Mind’s Staircasewas published in June 2021 (Hedgehog Poetry Press UK). His forthcoming full collection, Monochrome Heart is being published in late 2022. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for ‘Apple Picking Season’from Under a Mind’s Staircase