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Jason Irwin: On the Road to Bushmills

                        after Michael Longley

Because of a parade, the road to Bushmills is closed.

It’s the only road that leads to Portrush, a town 

less than nine miles away, where we’ve been told 

there’s a laundromat. At a roadblock on the edge of town, 

Union Jacks hang from lampposts & flap in the July breeze. 

A police officer, via a series of Karate-like arm motions, 

directs us down winding roads lined with hedgerows 

& Bell Heather. We don’t mention we’re on our honeymoon. 

Instead, we shift our rental car into gear & drive toward 

Dundarave. Jackdaws & Coal tits flutter & soar overhead, 

but they have more urgent tasks to worry over, than ancient 

battles, or marching bands, or flags. After nearly an hour 

of wrong turns & backtracking, we once again find ourselves 

on the road to Bushmills. In defeat we head back to our B&B, 

knowing we won’t have clean clothes tonight. The jackdaw’s 

“kya” call is lost on the wind. 

Copyright 2023 Jason Irwin

Jason Irwin’s collections of poetry include The History of Our Vagrancies published by Main Street Rag. He lives in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

Bushmills, County Antrim

3 comments on “Jason Irwin: On the Road to Bushmills

  1. Mike Schneider
    February 9, 2023

    Yes, I’ve been on that road, except it was the road to Jameson’s — or from there — Cork to Castletownbere, Beara Peninsula. Thanks for the reminder. Lovely.


  2. Loranneke
    February 9, 2023

    One feels how much the poet loves precisely naming thins, and places!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      February 9, 2023

      Exactly. I love the precise language of Jason’s poems.


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