Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Blind Raftery's Reply
When Asked Who He Was

I am Raftery the poet

my head filled with visions
my nights without moonlight
my path cragged with rocks

walking west on my journey
by the light of my heart
tired to the end of my road

I am now
my back to a wall
speaking poems to empty pockets

-- Translated from Irish