Irish and French Seacoast Poems

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge | Source
Point au Raz
Point au Raz | Source

Irish and French Seacoast Poems

Crossing the Rope Bridge

at Carrick-a-Rede (Ireland)


We walk along the cliffs

above the crashing sea far

below as gulls and gannets

circle above in cloudy skies,

and then we descend the

steps far down to a rickety

rope bridge eighty feet above

a gap where salmon swim

between the Irish mainland

and a lone offshore island laced

with windswept flowers and heather.

As we stand and stare at the waves,

our rope bridge begins to sway

in forceful gusts of wind forcing

us to quick retreat on solid land.


Point au Raz (France)


Out here on the western most

tip of France, we perch ourselves

high on a mossy rock to watch

the surf come and pound the cliffs

and send forth sheets of spray

ever skyward toward the blazing

and hot sun as if to extinguish it.

Sea gulls laugh at our bemusement

as they flap their wings, distancing

themselves and leaving us all

alone to our own flights of thought.


Carrick-a-Rede is in northern Antrim and Pointe au Raz is the western-most point of France.
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Comments 8 comments

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ocoonocoon 5 years ago

Hi nice poems! It's nice to pair these two regions, so "gaelic" in their nature! I haven't visited these specific spots but would like to in the future.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks for your comment and true enough they are Gaelic regions indeed.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for the pleasure of reading it.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you, Hello, hello


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

Thank you for sharing these beautiful places so eloquently.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Tom. If you're interested, you can go to an article I wrote about the Rope Bridge of Carrick-a-Rede at www.smarttravelinfo.com


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

That is a bridge that is held up as much by faith as rope!

http://www.smarttravelinfo.com/rope-bridge-of-carr...


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

I think that's pretty accurate, Tom!

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