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A poem by Daniel Wade

A poem by Daniel Wade

Monkey Gone to Heaven

Naturally, under the brownstones’ squat shade,
   you see moss and weeds sprout up
from each thin, aged slit along an anterior patio,
   dusk’s amber hue tingeing tar-black fire 
escapes, neon spat through a windshield, the sun’s 
   molten crest left to ripple and stoke behind 
Fenway Park, or the Charles retching ten million 
   pounds of sludge into the ocean like 
scrubbed silver. But to see beyond these, you 
   remind me that it takes just a look or word 
freighted with design, for love to begin or end. 
   Being stuck in 5:00 p.m. traffic on 93 North is half 
the experience, in your dad’s silver Honda-
   Accord, amid dumptrucks and 4x4s, beyond 
the subway’s reach, while I ride shotgun,
   palm on your knee, the stereo tuned to “92.5 
The River, Boston’s independent radio” as Nirvana’s 
   ‘Come as You Are’ (the MTV Unplugged version), 
replete with audience whoops and an extra rogue note 
   slipped into the main riff, starts up. We say 
nothing, our voices bottled, stilled to a cool finish, 
   enjoy the drive ahead. But there are things I should 
say that I’d rather you didn’t hear just yet: the ex
   I kissed and re-kissed without your knowledge, the girls 
I conjure up when I’m wanking, the looks, words, 
   fucks held in inimical reserve—all of this I need
to tell you now on the road ahead, swept clear 
   by headlights, while we still have the luxury of time.
                                    (Boston 2017)


Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. His spoken word album Embers and Earth, available for download on iTunes and Spotify, launched the previous October at the National Concert Hall. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry has appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012.

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