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Atlantis - A Lost Sonnet

Eavan Boland

    How on earth did it happen, I used to wonder
    that a whole city - arches, pillars, colonnades,
    not to mention vehicles and animals - had all
    one fine day gone under?
 
    I mean, I said to myself, the world was small then.
    Surely a great city must have been missed?
    I miss our old city -
 
    white pepper, white pudding, you and I meeting
    under fanlights and low skies to go home in it. Maybe
    what really happened is
 
    this: the old fable-makers searched hard for a word
    to convey that what is gone is gone forever and
    never found it. And so, in the best traditions of
 
    where we come from, they gave their sorrow a name
    and drowned it.
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