Tuesday 11 January 2022

One Superb Poem by Margaret Kiernan

Trip to The Mountain


The boat rode out upon the lake

making a start to the day

it’s the eve of a new year

smooth water reflects the Druid like people

as they hold their totem poles with ribboned weave

when silently the mountain appears


Ascending through woods with dripping moss

They grapple with spent growth

to reach the Holy ancient well

Homage begins as the drums beat loud

while fire sparks fly

the bonfire blisters the hazel bough

above king holly within the wreath of spells


Bards read aloud

musical birdsong opens hearts

where miracles resonate with this lake

of legend whose myth of Swans lying cradled

The Children of Lir

who slept in cussed spell?

Smoked incense wafts a benediction

as food gets shared

Lit wicks burn as herbs crackle

in the flames

of the departing year, 2019


A chalice  passes hands

as sun rays sneak through branches

promises made to re-group

when Spring tides and sun return strongly

Now a giant pine-tree gets circled

hugged with arms in an embrace

rooted deep

in soil beside that chapel

with one remaining gable

facing East

Light is fading when

those pilgrims rush to return to the pier

shriven they chatter light-hearted as

tinkling laughter floats when the

Venus star appears.

Margaret Kiernan - nominated for Best of the Net in 2021, 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.
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