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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Tears of the Devil (Are Tears Of Laughter)

The devil is in the detail

The devil is in the clouds

Hidden there for centuries

We find him grinning now.

When we least imagine him

We see his face for real

For when we stop believing

The devil reappears.

The sky fills with his laughter

Bitter to our ears

The rain is slowly turning

Into the devil’s tears.

©  Helena Nolan

Devil's face revealed in Giotto fresco in Italy
Helena's work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines including; The Stinging Fly, The Moth, and the Spoken Ink audio website. She is this year's winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award.


  1. What an eerie picture, loved Helena's take on this and
    -The rain is slowly turning

    Into the devil’s tears.-

    these lines gave me goosebumps.

  2. Somehow an umbrella will never seem to suffice in the future. The idea of raindrops being the devil’s tears made me shudder.

  3. Helena, Love the rhythm, the rhyme - even the devil! I've been humming this all day!

  4. Super poem Helena. "Devil is in the detail" is a great line.
    Acid rain as the devils tears is a very powerful image too.

  5. Congrats, Helena! I love how the simplicity of the language and rhythm plays off against the darkness of the content.