Monday, July 2, 2018

"Till Death Do Us Part"

~ Ah, you shall be together,
even in the silent memory of God.
~ Kahlil Gibran

They walk
 together in perfect cadence
Both have silver hair, reflecting their years
 His hand gently supports her back, she steps onto the bridge
 My heart softens with this act of tenderness
I think they have spent a lifetime together
Every look, every gesture, is pure and honest-
 Each expression, softly echoes; "Till death do us part."

At the south side of the lake, a group is gathered
A couple have just concluded their wedding vows;"Till death do us part"
 I watch the young couple as they walk to their vehicle
Unlike the older couple, I do not see a shared tenderness
I am troubled; she opens one door, he, the other 
They appear to be in a hurry, so separate, so apart-
Most likely, they are on to a reception.

 I wish they would watch the older couple
Yet, I can see, they have no time for "watching"
They quickly gather the other members of their party
And hasten out of the parking lot
I feel sad; the beginning of their chapter seems so fragile
Yet the older couple, though perhaps fragile in years-
Have a  nurtured solidity about them; "Till death do us part."

Through shared joys and heartaches
They possess a  Freedom in being themselves
 They remind me of  two strong, beautiful trees
Growing side by side, their branches telling a story
There is nothing lopsided about either one
They have grown strong and true-
Life Companions; "Till death do us part."

Looking upward, I see two geese
They fly with graceful precision, their wings in unity
They, too, are together; their relationship revealed in flight
Each is made stronger, because of the other
Life is filled with such opposites, every minute of each day
Perhaps this is the Unseen Hand of the Universe, asking -
Only for a time, or"Till death do us part?"

~ Again, I think about the young couple;"Till death do us part"...

Alicia O'Hara 
Copyrighted Material;.17 August, 2013 

~ Beannaichte'
2 July, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"The Rhythm of Time"

There is an inner thing in every man,
Do you know this thing my friend?
It has withstood the blows of a million years,
And will do so to the end.

It was born when time did not exist,
And it grew up out of Life;
It cut down evil's strangling vines,
Like a slashing, searing knife.

It lit fires when fires were not,
And burnt the mind of men;
Tempering leadened Hearts to steel,
From the Time that Time began.

It wept by the waters of Babylon,
And when all men were a loss;
It screeched in writhing agony,
And  hung bleeding from the Cross.

It died in Rome by lion and sword;
And in defiant cruel array;
When the deathly word was "Spartacus",
Along the Apian Way.

It marched with Wat the Tyler's poor,
And frightened lord and king;
And it was emblazoned in their deathly stare,
As e'er a living thing.

It smiled in Holy innocence,
Before conquistadors of olde;
So meek and tame and unaware,
Of the deathly power of gold.

It burst forth through pitiful Paris streets,
And stormed the olde Bastile;
And marched upon the serpent's head,
And crushed it 'neath its heel. 

It died in blood on Buffalo Plains,
And starved by moons of rain;
Its Heart was buried at Wounded Knee,
But it will come to rise again.

It screamed aloud by Kerry lakes,
As it  knelt upon the ground;
And it died in great defiance,
As they coldly shot it down.

It is found in every Light of Hope,
It knows no bounds nor space;
It has risen in Red and Black and White,
It is there in every Race.

It lies in the Hearts of Heroes dead,
It screams in tyrant's eyes;
It has reached the peaks of mountains high,
It comes searing 'cross the skies.

ILights the Dark of this prison cell,
It thunders forth its might;
It is "The Undauntable Thought", my friend,
That thought that says, "I'm right."

~Bobby Sands

13 June, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

"To Risk"

To Laugh
is to risk appearing the fool

To Weep
is to risk appearing sentimental

To Reach Out
for another is to risk involvement

To Expose Feelings
is to risk exposing our True Self

To Place
your ideas, your dreams,
before the crowd,
is to risk loss

To Love
is to risk not being loved in return

 To Live
is to risk dying

 To Hope
 is to risk despair

 To Try
at all, is to risk failure

But to Risk We Must...
the greatest hazard in Life, is to risk nothing
The Man, the Woman, Who Risks Nothing,
Does Nothing, Has Nothing, is Nothing.


~ Alicia O'Hara
 28 May, 2018


Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Death of an Irishwoman"

 in a sense
she ate monotonous food
and thought the world was flat,
and pagan, in the sense
she knew the things that moved
at night were neither dogs nor cats
but pukas and dark-faced men.
she nevertheless had fierce Pride.
But sentenced in the end
to eat thin diminishing porridge
in a stone-cold kitchen
she clenched her brittle hands
around a world she could not understand.
I loved her from the day she died.
She was a summer dance at the crossroads.
She was a card game where a nose was broken.
She was a song that nobody sings.
She was a house ransacked by soldiers.
She was a Language seldom spoken.
She was a child's purse
 full of useless things.

Michael Hartnett

~ Beannaichte'
 16 May, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

"Anam Cara"

I pictured You like this ~
There is Something I see in Your  Eyes
Some quality in Your Speech
That puts me in the mind, of another place in time. 
Long ago, You were out of reach ...
I can't say where or how
but I have known You for a long, long time.

Do You remember me ?
Am I familiar, too ?

I have looked for You,
each place I've been...
My Soul has searched for You
from a distant Place in Time.

MHeart goes out to You
Like a Magnet strikes to Iron...
I can no more ignore the force
Than a Moth drawn to the Fire.

~ An empty Space was left inside my Heart
and caused an ache that would not cease...
Until  Found the missing Part.

One Day if I disappear
and I am gone for good ~
Remember when I was here ~
and we Both understood.

And if You go away ~ if We are far apart...
I'll keep you Safe and Warm
In a Secret Corner of my Heart.

~ Until We meet again in another Place and Time
I hope You will not forget...
You are a Friend of Mine.

~ Unknown

~ Beannaichte'
20 April, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

"Message From The Ark"

~ Everything you need to know about life, you can learn from Noah's Ark.
  1. Don't miss the boat.
  2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
  3. Plan ahead.  It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
  4. Stay fit.  When you are 600 years olde, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  5. Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn't always an advantage.  The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you're stressed out, float for a while.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there is always a Rainbow waiting.

6 April, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

" Found"

I come here each Day

I am Searching 

The Water, the olde Bridge-
the Trees 

They are my outward View 

Yet, my Search 
remains Inward.

I want to tell someone
about my Search 
But what do I say
My Search is leading me 
into New Territory-
Unknown Territory
How do I Reveal this to another.

I watch the people
Do they hold a Clue
I am at Home with the Children
They wear no Masks
I am Drawn to their Honesty
I Understand their Curiosity
I Trust their Vulnerability.

I study the Birds-
flitting from branch to branch
I like their Certainty
I watch the Geese and Ducks
I am in Awe of their timeless Grace
They Live within their Space in Time
They are Free.
The Clouds Gather
My Eyes begin Tracing them for an Image-
another Clue
I Know it is Written here
In this Place, I so dearly Love
Here I am Not Alone
It is the Cloak of my Healing.  

I Breathe Deeply
Until my Lungs are Filled-
Amassed with this Sacred Beauty
My Heart beats in Unison
with this Place-this Sanctuary
Here I am Not Lost
But I am Found. 

I walk to the Middle of the Bridge
Standing, Looking out onto the Water
A Bass Leaps in the late afternoon Sun
Then, I realise
I never go Completely across the Bridge
It is Time for me to Risk it-
Follow my Heart's Leading
I will Cross the Bridge...
~I am Found.   

Alicia O'Hara .
Copyrighted Material;. 4 June, 2013

30 March, 2018