Origin, Ireland: We Feel These Places Home Poem by Dennis Ryan

Origin, Ireland: We Feel These Places Home

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Friday, July 15, Sunday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 20,2022

"It is very difficult to find the beginning."
--Philippe Claudel, Les Âmes grises

"No one will ever see Sligo as we saw it."
-- An older W.B. Yeats in conversation with his sister Lily in 1936

We sense home in some faraway places,
and all along the way; we go back to long-lost,
long-forgotten beginnings, to remote places
along land, sea and shore, the beginning perhaps
a few old houses in the Silver Mountains south
of Nenagh, or southeast of Ballina, southwest
of Toomyvara, east of Castleconnel, closeby
Sliexekimalta—t'was there once, we reckon.
We lived along the sea in Kerry or Clare,
went back and forth, to and fro, to places
where Irish is still spoken: "Dia duit, "
and "Dia's Muire duit"in return.
And yes, "Go ne-eiri do bhothar leat."
Yes, we feel these places home—
like Yeats did Sligo in summer,
and in early winter snow.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Topic(s) of this poem: cities,landscapes,language,beginning,home,places,towns,ireland
It is difficult to pinpoint one's original ancestral home, no matter the country of origin, which is Ireland on my father's side of the family. Ireland has produced many great writers, poets and artists for such a small country, including James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Eavan Boland among many.
Richard Wlodarski 23 July 2022

Dennis, I have always felt an affinity with all things Irish. And your poem is no exception! It has reinforced my desire to visit Ireland. Thx so much for the vivid imagery!

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Dennis Ryan 06 August 2022

Dear Richard Wlodarski, I am happy you liked my poem about Ireland. I am Irish on my father's side of the family, and our Irish family hails from places places named in my poem.

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Dennis Ryan 21 July 2022

Dear Sandra Feldman, Thank you for your comment. I hope you will read of my poems, just enter my name 'Dennis Ryan' in the Poem Hunter search box.

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Sandra Feldman 20 July 2022

A very touching and sincere poem, written with deep, heartfelt words and true emotion. A pleasure to read and feel.

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Dennis Ryan

Dennis Ryan

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