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Babu Will Show You to Your Room

    Ballynahinch Castle, September 2012


we follow Babu
     he turns
           we turn

he enters a corridor
     with us behind
           he trots down stairs
                 we do the same

more turns
     further hallways
           through a lounge
                 veering left
                       around a corner

we wonder
     how far more
           Babu can
                 lead us

is it possible
     this journey
           is never-ending?

we do not ask
     we are Babu's followers:
           holding hands

since that's what
     Hansel and Gretel do
           when they get nervous


Julie O'Callaghan

Poetry Ireland Review

Issue 110


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