By John O'Donohue
During this new number of poetry, John O'Donohue explores the normal and emotional panorama of his local Conamara County, revealing a pastoral imaginative and prescient that's either own and common, mystical and of this global. O'Donohue's instinctive expertise of the contrasts of his land -- its locations of sunshine and darkness, its pursuits and its stillness -- is magically dropped at existence in his richly lyrical but deceptively obvious language.Translating the wonder and attractiveness of Conamara right into a language exquisitely attuned to the sweetness of the typical, O'Donohue takes us on a relocating trip via genuine and imagined worlds. Divided into 3 components -- Approachings, Encounters, and Distances -- Conamara Blues right now reawakens a feeling of intimacy with the flora and fauna and a sense of ask yourself on the secret of our dating to this global. even if exploring the silent, everlasting reminiscence of Conamara or concentrating on the facility of language and the vagaries of human desire and keenness, O'Donohue tenderly unearths the delicate vulnerability of affection andfriendship. the result's a musical, transcendent, and deeply relocating sequence of poems that exemplifies O'Donohue at his finest.Written with penetrating perception and distilled transparence, Conamara Blues bargains a novel and lasting imaginitive imaginative and prescient of a panorama of desire and danger -- powerfully showing the mastery of a poet on the top of his lyric powers.
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His words lodge in the young mother’s thought That a sword of sorrow will pierce her heart. 40 The Finding in the Temple Oblique to the heart, the word a man seeks Seldom comes to life in a tongue of flame From the grate of silence where anger dreams And stutters in embers thought cannot reach. When the voice remains fettered, it grows cold All over the neighbourhood of the word. In the heart distance cries out to be heard, When night burns with the face of the beloved. He is old, yet still betrothed to her dream That took their home into its possession.
Memory comes home, Bright as a dead tree drawn to blossom by the moon. 48 The Descent of the Holy Spirit Somewhere in our clay remembers the speed of cold, Overtaking the surge of colours with grey breath, And the shudder of fields, as they smother beneath The white infinity of ice paralysing the world. How swiftly fear touches this relic-cold in the bone. After his second going, they hide from the crowd. Then, like manna from a red wind, a tongue of flame swirls Into each mind huddled there in the fear-filled room.
No inkling that you were a free spirit who loved The danger of seeing the world with an open mind, How you strove to be faithful to uncertainty And let nothing unquestioned settle in your heart. You loved to throw caution to the wind when you danced. To be outside in the dawn before people were, Letting the blue tides of your dreaming settle ashore. The village said you put the whole thing into his head. In the glow of your silence, the heart grows tranquil. No one will ever know where you had to travel.
Conamara Blues by John O'Donohue