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A Poem by Scott De Buitléir

On an almost empty street at night, 
You took my hand in yours as we walked, 
Proud of our lasting, steadfast love. 

The night was mild, clear,
After heavy rains washed clean 
The air, so we could breathe, free. 

You did the same in the Castro; 
Under Californian sun (too hot for us Celts), 
Inspired by couples in love for all to see. 

Yet here, cooler, closer to home, 
It's not that we're less brave to be, 
But more that in our own domain 

Of Gaels, where legendary Cú Chulainn 
Was loved by his warrior, Ferdia, 
In our lands, we have nothing to prove. 

But by your hand, you saved me.

© 2018 Scott De Buitléir

Author's Note

Scott De Buitléir
Cú Chulainn: Sometimes known in English as Cuhullin /kəˈhʊlɪn/ is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore.

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Added on December 30, 2018
Last Updated on December 30, 2018
Tags: Celtic mythology, LGBT poetry, queer poetry, love poetry, gay romance, romance, LGBT, Gay, Gaelic, Scotland, Ireland


Scott De Buitléir
Scott De Buitléir

Cork, Ireland

Hello! I write poetry on a range of themes, from identity to relationships, and from languages to LGBTQ history. I use Writer's Café to publish new poetry, but I also have some books publis.. more..