Francis Duggan

A Long Way From Here - Poem by Francis Duggan

A long way from here this far southern shore
To Pomeroy's high wood in green old Claramore
Where nesting songbirds welcome each dawn of the May
When the wildflowers bloom in the fields far away.

A long way from here to where the Finnow flow
Through old rushy places and by many a hedgerow
On towards the Blackwater en route to the sea
Nostalgia for the home Parish remains in me.

A long way from here the home of wallaby and roo
Of wombat, echidna, koala, platypus, emu and cockatoo
To Claraghatlea and that old silver tongued rill
That flows from the high ground by old Clara hill.

A long way from here yes quite a long way
To the place where I first looked on the light of day
When old Clara mountain wore his hat of snow
And that's going back sixty Decembers ago.

A long way from here this far southern shore
From the roadway out of Millstreet Town to Rathmore
Though home is not that far I've come to realize
It seems I am back there when I visualize.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 27, 2008

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