Colin Dardis

Home for Stars

Every star

needs to fall

into a constellation,

the blessed union

of imaginary lines

crafting a framework

of belonging;

the lattice,

the cradle,

the makeshift bed

to find contentment in;

the persistent home

resistant against

all comets,

a corner of the sky

to call home

and be called to.


On Mistakes

I make my drawings

in permanent marker.


I draw fast,

lopping arcs of pendulum ink

swing across the page.


A line goes out of orbit.

You work with your mistakes,

blend them into the whole,

another word in the silent poetry.


You cannot erase,

as art reflects life,

little chance

for corrections.

Hold the artist accountable.


Let the canvas be my guilt.



Colin Dardis is a poet, editor and freelance arts facilitator based in Belfast. His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA. He was a 2015-16 ACES recipient from Arts Council Northern Ireland. A collection is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in 2017.Coline also co-runs Poetry NI and is the editor for Lagan Online.


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