Welcome to Doghouse Books

The Sear of Wounds

By Mark Whelan

The Sear of Wounds

The Sear of Wounds Details:

Published: October 2012
ISBN:       978-0-9572073-5-6

Sample piece from The Sear of Wounds

Psalm 1

I have learnt to bless the light of
motionless stars which no longer exist
the indifferent night
seeping into the being of things

I have learnt to bless
the conclusions of speech
the babble of unnecessary talk
with its seeming faith in dominions

I have learnt to bless
other's waters bridges which
have yet to be built between
eternity and darkness

I have learnt to bless the rock
beginning with a poor profile
the storms of light which approach
and fade with the ease of sea-tides

I have learnt to bless
all you and I are not
even as I retain my sense of joy
for the earth and all it offers

I have learnt to bless
the coming and going of things and beings
even as I speak softly of budding fruits
there will be no weapons made of parting

Nothing which will write nor erase
our names on the prolific warrant
of the need of ruins
I have learnt to bless such as this passing

Other Publications by DOGHOUSE

Flames of Light

Strange Familiar

Ten Years in the DOGHOUSE

The Sear of Wounds

Bamboo Dreams

Slow Mysteries

Outward and Return

The Angels' Share

Asking for Directions

Rus in Urbe

Meeting Mona Lisa

Watching Clouds

Notes Towards a Love Song

Between the Lines

I Shouldn't Be Telling You This

Via Crucis

Capering Moons

Where the Music Comes From

No Place Like It

The Moon Canoe

An Exaltation of Starlings

Crossroads - Folklore from Kerry

Touching Stones

Arthur O'Leary & Arthur Sullivan
Musical Journeys from Kerry to the Heart of Victorian England

Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea

Canals of memory

New Room Windows

Down The Sunlit Hall


Lifetimes - Folklore from Kerry

Planting a Mouth

Morning at Mount Ring

A Bone In My Throat

PULSE - Writings on Sliabh Luachra

Whales off the Coast Of My Bed

The Moon's Daughter

The DOGHOUSE Book of Ballad Poems

I Met A Man...

The Waiting Room

Apples in Winter



Shadows Bloom

Both Sides Now

Loose Head

Song of the Midnight Fox

Heart of Kerry