Special thanks to North West Words & 2018 Earagail Arts Festival

Much thanks to North West Words for reading my response poem, below, at the international poetry event at the 2018 Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal recently. It sounds like a wonderful event and I am touched and very grateful to have been in such amazing company!


Welcoming Bealtaine

She said stand still…

in the silence.

Some things only unflower

in stillness,

raise a timid head.

And so…

I paused.

Marsh marigolds, primrose, hare

and lapwing.

Dandelions tempting bees.

Watched seven deer nuzzle at the wood’s edge.

White tails flit across the turlough.

Ginger-root antlers fuzzy with newness.

Saw them scuff the earth.

Circle the treeline.

Lay claim to a spot

then bed down.

Watchers and nappers.

On this, the first day of May.


More on the North West Words’ event here: [http://gardenroomwritersdonegal.blogspot.com/ ]


About lineatatime

Dublin born and raised, Mari returned to Ireland with her husband and daughter in 2008, after living in the USA since the early ’80s. A former journalist, ombudsman and newsroom administrator she now lives in Mayo. Following the death of her mother by elder abuse in 2010, she often writes about the failures of Irish systems in protecting her mother and also herself as a victim of crimes in her mother’s estate. She writes frequently about oppression, elder abuse and domestic violence– in the forms of poetry, fiction and non fiction in the hopes it will help shine the light on Ireland’s shame.
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4 Responses to Special thanks to North West Words & 2018 Earagail Arts Festival

  1. Outstanding poetry, as always, Mari. Well done.

  2. lineatatime says:

    aw thanks so very much Karen. 🙂 🙂

  3. Hi Mari, it was a pleasure to read your poem at North West Words – especially in front of Paul Willis whose poem had inspired you. He told us that ‘Deer at Twilight’ was written while he was a poet in residence at a national park in California. In the spirit of response, the three Santa Barbara poets read in rounds, in response to each other, which made a really interesting reading. Their final round was their poems for response – so the audience knew what had inspired the new poems that were read afterwards. Paul was particularly interested in the meaning of the word turlough and said that he had learned a few new words in his short time in Ireland. Maybe you’ll see Paul, Chryss and David somewhere else on their tour. Thanks for joining in and sending on your poem. Deirdre McClay

    • lineatatime says:

      Deirdre, that’s beautiful! Thanks so very much for reading it for me and I’m loving the additional story to it all. Fascinating to respond to and Paul’s poem spoke to me right away. I will keep an eye out for them all. Thanks again for the great idea. Sounds like it was really successful. 🙂

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