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A poem on Achill

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A poem on Achill

I spent some time on this Island during this summer 0f 2006, I have written a few pieces on Achill. if you like you can view them here. poetryjunction.proboards19.com/index.cgi…

This is the Poem, if you like it and would like more info, either contact me through E mail or you can contact me through this Poetry forum Link at which I am a member and Administrator.

Thank you.


Regression on Achill

I travelled to the Island,

Over the sound of Achill,

A heady current gives

Name to this town.

The road took me up

Bended Bog Mountains,

From mainland, I stopped

At the town-land of Keel,

Quenching my thirst,

At the outpost Minaun!

A weary person is always welcomed

Here, Slievemore beckons me

To ramble its hard rock hills,

Which look down on furrowed fields

Still showing the scars of bygone times.

Graveyard stones telling

Forgotten stories of woe,

Where long lost loved ones rest

So peacefully now,

In my mind I wonder

How they lived their lives.

A deserted village

Of the Booley nomads,

Who came then vanished,

In a famished existence,

A hunger for life,

Now never to be known, as

They gathered their flocks

From this sheltered seasonal stop

Drifting into the mists,

Never to return again!

What happened here?

I ask myself as I wander.

Though the souls

Of old are eager to show

How they once lived.

As I, once more wonder

Sitting on a worn down rock

In this roofless ruin,

The walls are not talking,

But they speak their truths

Of centuries gone by,

The sorrow still showing,

These crumbled dreams

Of yester-year,

That fell in this village of desertion,

Now the souls that do wander here,

Want their stories so desperately told.

The harsh landscape calls out

In desolated barren silence,

Showing the scars of so long ago,

When famine existed,

For the ancestors of Achill

They had to leave this beloved land,

To the new world and yonder

So long ago, harshness did follow

This story of old!

By Paul Martin 15~07~06

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1. Re: A poem on Achill

Very nice. Definitely better than a limerick. Cheers.

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2. Re: A poem on Achill

Really beautiful Paul.

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3. Re: A poem on Achill

Thank you both very much, for your quick replies. I don't really do Limricks but I have been there a good few times.lol did either of you go to the poetry site, if you like you can copy and paste that Link I left and check it out.

Nice one, cheerio


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