Declan O'Reilly


Biography of Declan O'Reilly

I always had a love for poetry. Growing up in Ireland poetry was everywhere, it was part of everyday speech. I never liked the fact it was considered high-brow, that it belonged to a certain class and that one had to be well-schooled to understand it. I don't think any poet ever wrote for a certain audience and I definitely do not either. True poetry is universal and its themes are as varied and as unique as we are. That's what makes it so special.

I have had many poems published. Mostly in newspapers but the odd one or two featuring in books.

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Ploughman

I tend the fields until they are ready;
All day I turn over the soft soil,
All day I keep the horses going steady,
Now my work is almost done, my toil,
Upon the awakened land is almost still,
Only the seed do I have left to spread,
Seed that in autumn will become the crop
That I bring in. My days know no dread,
Though I tire from time to time, I do not drop;

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