Thursday 17 March 2022

Celebration of things Irish


In honour of St Patrick's day am posting a poem inspired by a lovely painting by Niall Wright which brought me down memory lane and back to the present and a Kerry landscape.

The Way We Are


This we take almost for granted:

The summer leaden Irish sky, green drumlin hills,

heathered and mossed, and dry stone walls,

Rivers forded by rock clumps and clumped reeds.


And somewhere in an album marked “Early Years”

I see you standing, lollipop in hand,

teetering on a rock mid-stream

your red hair blowing mid-current

your freckled skin awakening to the sun.


And I give thanks now that you have returned

from foreign climes and black-dyed tresses

and slick fake tan, to yourself,

Irish Cailín, bog style and proud of it.

Copyright 2022 Cathy Leonard All rights reserved


Written in response to A painting by Niall Wright. Follow link below for images

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