The Leap Of The Dog

An Irish poet now living in Derry City but originally from Limavady in County Derry in the north of the Island.

An urban sprawl in a valley
Where one could sense, as a youth,
A presence alongside a river referred
Too as ‘The Roe’ - its name based upon
An Irish wolfhound leaping
Across the latter’s flow.

Not far from where Saint Colm Cille
Addressed a convention on the top of
A hill known as Drumceat
But, then, the flow from the Sperrins
Was referred too as An Rua .

A market town where, centuries later,
A lady copied an air from a fiddle she
Heard.To be called ‘The Limavady Air’-
An air destined to become the soul
Of the immortal ballad- ‘Danny Boy’.
There, also, ‘Peg Of Limavady’ entered
The world of literature and where one
Experienced a sense of mysticism while
Strolling across the fields of rhythm and
Rhyme those long, long years ago.