Hazel nuts on Canal walkways.
You never said it was sacred, that you divined with its forked tongue
Searched out water veins in rocks and soil
From the gods of myth, lore, other ancient things .
Self-seeded boughs thrive along the canal laneway
Perhaps from chewed feasts when travellers on their journey
ate their fill, dropped some for the un-seen?
From the season of buttercups, time has ripened
Sweetened hardened to ambered gold,
Shelled kernels tumble out.
The salmon ate the knowledge it is said
From Hazel nuts in the rivers, life, paths and
Seasons unfold, to return renewed.
Margaret Kiernan - writes fiction, non-fiction essay, memoir, and poetry. She has had poetry and prose published in e-book, in anthology collections, and literary journals and magazines - including, Black-lion Press, Pendemic.ie journal-C19 collection , archived at University College Dublin, The Blue Nib Lit - Journal , The Write Life Magazine, Unity Global Festival, Vox Galvia at the Galway Advertiser, A New Ulster Literary Press, The Burrow Lit. Journal, Poet-Head.Wordpress.com, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, The Galway Review and The Irish Canadian Cultural Newsmagazine, New Brunswick.
She writes with Over the Edge, Thursday writing/reading group at Galway Arts Centre, and, Ox Mountain Poets, Sligo.
She is listed in the Index of Contemporary Women Poets in Ireland, 2020.
She holds several Educational qualifications, Including a Degree in Arts in Humanities, from Sligo IT.
Her background is in Advocacy in Human and Social Rights.
Margaret has completed numerous courses and workshops in writing, for prose and poetry.
Margaret has four grown-up children. She lives in Westmeath with her dog Molly. She is a landscape painter. Is into Nature, walking, gardening, music, and heritage. She is working towards a First collection in Poetry.