GaelicMuse: the pen of Erin O’Quinn

Across the Pond and into Ireland, Scotland, and Wales…from ancient times to the cusp of now… Erin has written more than 35 tales of men and women, men and men, and the first dawn of sweet romance.

But beyond my own scratchings, I will here celebrate the Gaelic Muse with any and all images and writing that give wings to my soul.

This blog has been temporarily suspended. Five is enough already! Stay tuned, though…


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National Poetry Day with Seamus Heaney


flaggy 2And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightening of flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park or capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.
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