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David Beale – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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David Beale – Ballydehob, West Cork.

A poem by author unknown inspired me…..

I suppose you could say there was a distinctive kind of spirit in this home.
Yes, I’m sure there was.
It was the spirit of kindness, patience, loveliness, beauty, and love itself.
The thought occurred to me as I left, that to these people
Heaven itself would not be strange when they went there,
Because they had a corner of it right on Earth.’

Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.

Here’s a favourite poem of mine by Charles Baudelaire – 

Be Drunk

Always be drunk.
Nothing else matters: its the only way.
So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that
Breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you
You have to be continually drunk.

Drunk on what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.
But be drunk.

As if sometimes,
On the stairs of a palace,
Or on the green side of a ditch,
Or in the dreary solitude of your own room,
Should you awaken and the drunkenness already
Diminished or gone,

Ask of the wind, or of the wave,
Or of the star, or of the bird,
Or of the clock, of whatever flies,
Or sighs, or rocks, or sings, or speaks,

Ask what time it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird,
clock will answer you:
‘Its time to be drunk!
On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.’

 

Patricia O’Sullivan – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Patricia O’Sullivan – Ballydehob, West Cork.

One of my favourite poems comes from a book called  ‘The Gift’. A collection of poems by Haliz, the great Sufi master from Persia (14th C.)recently translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

With That Moon Language

Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them,
Love me’

Of course you do not do this out loud;
Otherwise,
Someone will call the cops.

Still though, think about this,
The great pull in us
To connect.

Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying, 

With that sweet moon language
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to hear.

I’m glad of this poem, because it reminds me to love, as do all the magnificent people in my life.

 

 

 

Andrew Street, Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Andrew Street – Ballydehob, West Cork.

‘The albums Hunky Dory & Ziggy Stardust came out when I was 16/17 years old. Hearing them and seeing David Bowie live on that tour made me realise it was a good thing to be an individual (even eccentric). I was able to thank him for changing my life when I met him 2 years later at the Lacarno gig. That is why Life on Mars is so important to me.’

 

Ana Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Ana Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

‘The following is a few lines from one of my favourite songs…..

Something good comes with the bad,
A song is never just sad.
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining.’

First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining.

 

Shane Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Shane Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

I like to practice awareness and return to the present moment. The realisation of One’s own presence in the universe dissolves all worry and is very relaxing. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddist awareness guru reminds us, to remind ourselves; ‘breath, you are alive’.

In the course of our busy daily lives we can acknowledge our presence at any time when we momentarily fix our awareness on the sky, the sun or a blade of grass, and think; ‘I see you and now I am happy.’

 

Colm Rooney – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Colm Rooney  – Ballydehob, West Cork.

Spike Milligan was a gas man with many strings to his bow. I have always loved his work. This poem, dedicated to his daughter reflects how I feel about my family.

To My Daughter Jane by Spike Milligan

I cannot tell you in words,
I cannot tell you in sounds,
I cannot tell you in music
How much I love you.
I can only tell you in trees,
In mountains,
Oceans,
Streams.
I might be heard to say it
In the bark of a seal on moon misty nights.
It can be heard on the hinges of dawn.
Tho’ my muse is slain,
All else says I love you Jane.’

 

Richard Miles, Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Richard Miles – Ballydehob, West Cork.

My favourite quote or saying is – Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes – Oscar Wilde.

I would like to meet Oscar Wilde in the hereafter. I think we would have a lot of fun and he would keep me entertained. His wit and many quotes have given me great amusement over the years.’

 

Joanne Cassidy – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Some of my favourite memories from childhood were waiting at the bus stop for the arrival of the evening Bus Eireann bus. The anticipation of the arrival of my Auntie Peggy, my godmother always brought huge excitement.

She would arrive with a large bag of sweets from Cudmores on Patrick’s St, in Cork, a beautiful old sweet shop with curved glass windows. At Halloween she would bring Witches hats and masks, the like of which couldn’t be found in West Cork in those days.

I think people have forgotten how remote we were back then, trips to Cork were a once yearly expedition at most.

My aunt brought storytelling, chatter, laughter and card playing to the house for a few days. Then we would sadly wave her off on the bus for another year but my dreams were filled with Iced Caramels, Milky Moos, Bullseyes, Sherbet Lemons, Apple & Pear Drops, Bon Bons, Satin Pillows, Foxes Glacier Mints and happiness.’

 

Seamus Hogan – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Its a privilage to include the poet – Seamus Hogan in the project. He once lived in the iconic Paris bookshop, Shakespeare & Co.He has published two collections of poetry – Interweaving and New Poems. His latest publication is, Grey Smoke Against A Grey Sky.
Seamus submitted the following poem to accompany his photograph.

Paris Nuit 2016

A blackbird drops song
onto the surface of night
note by note. Slowly,
stave by stave
diluting darkness.

 

Maura O’Connell, Waterville, Co, Kerry

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Trish O’Sullivan, Waterville, Co, Kerry

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Valentia Island Lighthouse –

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John Griffin, Waterville, Co, Kerry

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Glengarriff Bay, West Cork –

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Exhibition – Organico Restaurant, Bantry.

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Gougane Barra, West Cork.

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Trinny Phillips – Schull, West Cork.

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John Paul Carroll – Schull, West Cork.

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Caitlin Frances Hurley – Schull, West Cork.

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