I woke up at 4:45 am a few days ago and within 5 minutes, this was forming in my head so I got up and starting jotting down some the words. I went back to bed but the thoughts wouldn't let me sleep! So I got up again and by 7 am I had this tweaked and ready. I submit it for your thoughts.

God bless Ireland

In her patchwork dress so green

Her blue Atlantic eyes are smiling

Full of mirth and ancient magic

With lilt and merriment she sings

And tells a tale of years gone by


If you listen long enough

And beg the whole story unfold

Her soft voice will give way

To cries of bitter agony

Heartache for her children gone

Sorrows past that linger still


Study the face of her history

And see the scar upon her brow

Pray that none arouse the temper

Which just below her surface lies

Like a spark to be ignited

She does not deserve the misery 


Her skies endlessly weep so many heavy tears

For the plight of her sons and daughters

Look deeply into her soul and find

In her mind she still hears their cries

This sadness always with her

Although through it she beautifully smiles


So keep to the song in her heart

Back to the cloak of emerald

That lies across her slender shoulders

Belying the strength within

With beauty, but spirit still unbroken

The pride of auld Ireland

    - Fran Reddy

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Comment by Bit Devine on November 27, 2013 at 11:56am

Sure this is lovely, Fran, a chara! I love those writings that come in your sleep and flow out of the faery whispers...

Comment by Fran Reddy on November 27, 2013 at 12:40pm

Thanks Bit! It woke me up and tormented me to get up and write! So I DID bring a faery home with me... ;)

Comment by Bit Devine on November 27, 2013 at 1:36pm

I have woken up in the morning and found a poem written on my computer... wondering to myself, "How did that get here?"...only to have my son wander out and ask "What in the world were you doing on the computer at 4 in the morning?" "Sleepwriting" an author's equivalent of sleepwalking I suppose

Comment by Fran Reddy on November 27, 2013 at 2:43pm

Sleepwriting! I love it! : D

In this case it was more like dreamthinking, as it was there when I awoke ; )

Comment by Danny Alexander on December 2, 2013 at 9:12pm

Tis the love of our land, our culture, and people that have inspired your thoughts!

Comment by Fran Reddy on December 2, 2013 at 9:41pm

Exactly Danny. I didn't know I had this in me until I was so inspired by my trip to Ireland! I just can't express how much my heart and soul were affected by my experience. I'm hoping one can see it in my poems and it sounds as if it's pretty evident : )


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