Dirigibles (by Derek Mahon)

1We who used to drift
2     superbly in mid-air,
3each a giant airship
4     before 'the last war',
5shrink to a soft buzz
6     about financial centres
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Publication Notes: 
Derek Mahon, Life on Earth (Oldcastle, Ireland: Gallery Press, 2008). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2009 International Shortlist).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011