Sweet Siesta

Siesta has come back into my life

As a two year old I used to have a nap

One day I came downstairs again

No knickers did mum see

‘Todot der knickers’

A famous phrase with me


At seminary

Afternoons were dead

A quiet time miles from anywhere

I wrote a public lecture

‘Death in the Afternoon’

Hemingway had bulls

I just snooze


In sunny Rome

Siesta was the thing

Morning lectures evenings busy too

Shutters on the windows

Bar the midday blaze

Snooze away a happy thing to do


Now it’s my age

That calls the tune

Energy graph dips down in the afternoon

I’ve woken up just now

Two hours have just slipped by

It’s what it is

No howling at the moon


Brian Fahy

26 August 2021

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