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Poem: Ode to Southern Ireland

Updated on September 3, 2015
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Retired counselor, 341 short stories published by FSU. I have 4 sons, love sharing photography, writing, love travel, sunshine, sea & Grace.

Our hearts led us back to Southern Ireland

(where familiar songs and family roots sprung)

towards the Lough through bloody Fuchsia banks

Over rough meadows of green (and greener still )

climbed purple mountains steeped In heather

Passed Falcons gliding down toward valleys

from mountain, to limestone ragged walls

an emerald tapestry flung over undulating land

Deep in Gaelic mystery and folklore history

we made our way towards home...

Above the Lough the rugged mountains

gazed into the crystal water, and leaned

as though they might fall, until night did fall

and the moon lay upon the Lough

shining from black velvet sky...until dawn

when ghostly ancient castles loomed...

naked fortresses wasted from bitter wages

remote and shattered reminders of war-torn ages

where hero's clashed and passions a-blast

we pondered on...then passed ...

quiet fly fishermen in lough thigh deep...

as we flew over hump-backed bridge

With tummies tickling and senses reeling

we hurried and turned up leafy lane

and saw beautiful thatched cottages

"fairy bridge" chickens, ponies and family...

Home! ... where peat smokes in the fireside neat

wide and welcoming as the smiles that greet

men supping Guinness, black as the sliced peat

(from bogs, where working Irish meet)

lilting music and songs sang so sweet.

Ireland; yes, this is Ireland!

Copyright © 2009

For more photos (I've just returned from another trip, see

If you want to stay in Fairy Bridge B&B or self-catering cottage see here:


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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi iskra1916 - I'm not sure if we visited County Wicklow; spent our time in Conamara and traveled 500 miles through lovely countryside. I will upload some photos from my recent trip (just got back yesterday) in a new hub. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by!

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      8 years ago from Belfast, Ireland.

      Lovely hub!

      I just got back from County Wicklow today - we live in a beautiful country.

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Duchess, I got back from Ireland at 1am this morning and I'm now in Saffron Walden in the beautiful English countryside... I've got more great photos of Ireland to share so will load them when I get back to US - I hope you get there one day (you can stay in my sisters thatched cottage)!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      I've never been to Ireland - but I'd certainly like to some day. Lovely pictures you have painted here. Thank you for sharing

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      You can see the photos of the blood-red wild Fuschia, the Loch and wild ponies here:

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      thank you saddlerider1 ~ I can see you are a man after my own heart. Thank you for the beautiful continuation of my Ireland reverie... this is indeed a man who has experienced the Emerald Isle. How lovely!

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      8 years ago

      I sip my last mouthful of Guinness as I grab my jacket that smells of the peat that burns so sweet in the hearth. I leave and cross the cobbled road to lean against the fence to watch the glow of the moon cast shadows over my emerald isle.

      Oh to be in Ireland with a fair lass with a twinkle in her eye and plenty of spirit and a love for song, merriment and Guinness, oh how sweet a life that would be. I am the Quiet Man a boxer from the streets ready to retire and lay my head down on the emerald meadows.

      Lovely poem of Ireland, enjoyed each word as it painted a picture for me. I rate it UP.

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Pamela99 it truly is beautiful - I hope you get there one day!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I would adore going to Ireland. I enjoyed you hub very much.

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Let's all go back ~ nothing to stop us! Thanks, ahorseback.. I too love their music and singing (and Guiness which tastes different in Ireland).

      Hi Micky Dee ~ time to go visit your child eh - thanks for your comment!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      My child has gone but I haven't. I might try to stay! Great write!

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      8 years ago

      Umm , why can't we all go back to Ireland? The music alone would hold me there.


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