Seán O Muiríosa

Rookie - -6 Points (A Thursday,1987 / Tiobraid Arann)

Darkness Of The West - Poem by Seán O Muiríosa

A place so alive in its own loneliness. Alive with
Big bleak rocks that stare awkwardly as suspended
Erratics alone on hills or as clusters in dead fields.
Or perhaps alive with the awe of countless sheep
Grazing, ignorant to the world. Blessed.

Land so poor it engulfs all life before it.
All that can be heard in the dead of night rugged
Is the deafening sound of blackness
And a million starving souls,
Disturbingly pushing up food
For as many uninterested sheep, eternally.

Yet Connemara’s darkness is solitude is beauty.
Even when cold mist lies low on the sorry fields,
Even when the rain pounds hard on the weary earth.

Comments about Darkness Of The West by Seán O Muiríosa

  • (1/18/2006 7:04:00 PM)

    Dear Sean,
    What I've perused of your poems so far this one moved me the most. Strong employment of imagery and metaphor. An engaging 8 from me.

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  • (1/8/2006 2:58:00 PM)

    hey! I'll trade you these cold indiana roads for your connemara field for a while! i lost my swan feather i found near a misty lake there... the middle of january in Ireland...and the tree on the island in the lake a bare skeleton silent in the pounding winds. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/29/2005 8:39:00 PM)

    Sean, this is a beautiful poem with so much soul. Thanks.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 29, 2005

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 23, 2005

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