Tony Deffely is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Writing at National University Ireland, Galway. His writing is influenced by Irish writers including James Joyce and W B Yeats. Other influences were Charles Baudelaire, Walt Whitman, Jack Spicer, and Beat poets such as Jack Kerouac. He was Director of Castlebar College of Further Education until August 2015 and previously Guidance Counsellor at Davitt College, Castlebar. Tony holds a Master’s in Leadership and Management and is former President of TUI and is currently Secretary of the Castlebar Council of Trade Unions. His wife Maggie runs an Acupuncture practice in Castlebar and they have two children, Eoin and Maria.
What Love Brought Me
My love brought me a shrub
and in sap-surging spring
it sprouts and shoots,
dances a whirl of life,
adorned by russet boughs
with curve-pledged buds
that whistle melodies of March.
It braves shrill April showers.
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