Friday, May 20, 2011

“The Cottage”

Cottage on Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands, Ireland September 2010    

Whitewashed walls tinged rose by sunrise’s blush
sashes—a splash of sky
new thatch mixes with dew’s perfume
while flowers and ferns embroider the path of home
Door opens with smiles and cheer
Peat banked in the hearth
black pot nestles in amber embers simmering Guinness stew
Lace daintily drips from the table
—tatted by Grams’ steady hands
Oatcakes totter on a platter
sheep’s cheese, churned butter, honey, cream
and tea brewed black—a midnight sky swirling with galaxies
From the loft flows the fiddle’s enchantment
a boy’s toe tapping, keeping the beat
drowning out the past’s lament

Cottage at Bunratty Castle

tears of yesteryear hidden in another song
Share a pint
Share a verse
Share our life
Welcome home!
Welcome home.

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

Cottage at Bunratty Castle

During our entire trip through Ireland, a place I'd never visited before, I felt as though I was returning home.

Cottage on Inisheer

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