Irish Heartbeat

At Home With Van
(Irish Heartbeat)

As one who many years before
Took the A level route out of Belfast
And damned it with my sandals,
Rootless in exile, the music of Van Morrison
Soothes the pain.
And so brought low
By the riggers of the day,
I reach for the song of home,
To play over and over
Until
The restorative
Of its gushing sentimentality
Works its cure
And my own Irish home
Is mine
Again.