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Corinne
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0 posted 02-27-2000 11:32 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Corinne

Catherine

She tread upon these same mossy mounds,
on Mizen Head in County Cork,
a verdant jewel encased by silver sands.

She watched golden bays shimmering,
roamed these rolling rock hills,
ducked into thatched roof dwellings
smoky in the waning hours of dusk.

She shared famine’s feast of grief and shame,
before she sailed from this still unnamed bay,
and pondered the ancient stone circles,
mourned for her mother’s stillborn babes.

She pressed lips to headstones of her heritage,
and beheld this monolithic Celtic cross,
where only Catholics were laid to rest.

She walked upon these shores in the morn,
and perhaps never met another soul.
She left at sixteen to find the golden streets
rumored to pave the New City.

But instead of gold, all was grayed by
towering creations, filth and crowds.
There were no green hills vanishing
in the mists that rose from these gutters.

But still, the wild grasslands call,
whispering winds of a bejeweled isle,
“Who among you can dance?” it asks,
“We dance the dance of lovers,” we cry.

© 27 February '00 Corinne Mary Bailey


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[This message has been edited by Corinne (edited 02-27-2000).]
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Parker
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1 posted 02-27-2000 12:17 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Corinne,

This was a sad and wonderful tale. Thank you for posting it for me. It begs the question, is it about a past relative who left the emerald isle.
Catherine .... she conjours up ancient memories from a family tree I don't know enough about.

Parker .....
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Parker,you are most welcome.  No, this isn't about a past relative, although I have anscestors by this first name.

I was pondering what it must been like during the mass exodus from Ireland, escape from famine, poverty and oppression.

Corinne
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I can imagine that it would have been sad to leave the emerald isle for any reason. One day I shall get there for a visit.

Parker
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4 posted 02-27-2000 07:34 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

I've been thinking on that very subject myself, Parker...

Corinne
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5 posted 02-27-2000 07:38 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I, too, would like to return. My ancestors are from Shannon and a more beautiful spot on the globe I've never seen. Wonderful poem, Corinne, filled with beautiful Irish flavor.  
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Its never fun to travel alone, maybe we could share a boat, Corinne...

Parker
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Thank you Balladeer!  I didn't realize you were Irish, my man!

Ah, Parker, you are a sly one, you are!

Corinne
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~The Soul of the Wind~
On the Wing of Hope
No grey could ground her soaring
As she sweetly sings

Parker


Catherine, should not be forgotten, so back up she goes.

Parker
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Another beautiful one Corinne  
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Yep...this is beautiful sweets.....Yep, Balladeer is Irish, (and several other things too...but I'd get deleted if I posted them).....and he also has ancestors...(and several other ailments too)....good to see your schtuff gal...take care now ya hear?
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Corinne, you are a story-teller of grandest
tradition...the only thing missing from your
poetry is lute, flute, and the sound of tinkling bell from your shoes...You have the ability to transport to another time. Bravo!
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Thank you, Hoot!

Toe, so nice to see ya!

Serenity, why thank you kindly!

Corinne
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13 posted 03-08-2000 09:45 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Corinne~
How in the world did I ever miss this one?
It is soooooooo lovely.

'She pressed lips to headstones of her heritage'

This line alone tells the story.
I am also of Irish heritage.
Aren't we all the LUCKY lot !
~*Marge*~


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14 posted 03-08-2000 11:07 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This has me longing even more to someday visit the land of my ancestors! This is very beautiful, Corinne!

Denise
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Glad I read this. Truly enjoyed.
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Thank you very much, Denise, Marge and Mike!

Corinne
 
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