There Is a Cottage in the Country

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Caress of Barbed Wire

The caress of barbed wire For a while causes pain But keeps the beast in the field So it can remain Where none can harm it While driving by And it can observe safely from a distance Walkers such as I. Comments comments

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All Sorts of Accents at Accents Café

As per invitation, we arrived at Accents Café on Lower Stephens Street for seven-ish. OK, for once, I was actually early, arriving at the cafe dubbed Dublin’s friendliest business in 2013, and was shown to the downstairs room which was full and abuzz with Irish, Slavic and Latin accents, to which I was to add my pure bog in the …Read more »

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Quiet Hours Passing Slowly

Quiet hours passing slowly Day that was young is getting older And a day that was never warm With a growing breeze is getting colder As the sun circles the sky And the day – once born – will slowly die We lead our lives in the same way Day to day, you and I Each thing we do matters …Read more »

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Out of Tune

No fingers now draw from it chords That it once formed, each one like words Now only insects and birds Dwell among its strings And only birds from within To those outside sings No more airs of romance Play as on the keys fingers dance As a young man gauges his chance Of a damsel nearby Who to the music …Read more »

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Offaly’s Answer to Imelda May and Ciaran Lavery in a Ballinagar House Concert

Ballinagar is a quiet country village between Tullamore and Edenderry, with one pub a few shops and the usual amenieties. Tonight, there I had, thanks to fellow Tullamore Rhymer Anthony Sullivan, the pleasure of hearing Co. Down singer songwriter Ciaran Lavery, and also local girl Niamh Dooley, who I call Offaly’s answer to Imelda May. At this gig, I was …Read more »

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I Shall Prepare a Feast For Thousands… And Yet Never Grease a Pan

A humersome yet morbid ghazal, for Halloween!!! All in the world around you is dead Or to you it appears to be dead Then life lurks somewhere under there Maggots: they live and thrive on the dead Bacterium’s eat and love rotting flesh – They cannot survive without the dead Teeming it is with life – the stiff corpse That …Read more »

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“Tara Calling” Promotional Video

Just launched online is Carmel Divineys promotional video for the “Tara Calling” book which is to be launched soon. Comments comments

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Lake In All Its Splendor Spoiled

A lake in all its splendor spoiled By a group of babbling chavs It was the opinion on being observed As “have not’s” by those on holiday who have Tattooed mothers with double buggys Shatter scenery for they have no soul Little crying babies and toddlers and no fathers Families broken: nothing whole. There was a time when mothers With …Read more »

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Brendan Bowyer Rocks Tullamore with aid of Tullamore Rhymers

When one thinks of Brendan Bowyer, they think of the Showbands, and not of the current music scene, and with that thinking they would be far far wrong, as the now 76 year old performer rocked Tullamore at the Bridge House tonight, hi show being opened up by the Tullamore Rhymers Club, including yours truly. His daughter Aisling was singing …Read more »

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