On Saying Goodbye

Samhain is a pagan Celtic festival celebrated on the 31 October. It’s a time to celebrate the last of the autumn harvest and welcome in the onset of winter, embracing the darkness to come and remembering loved ones who have passed away. With this in mind I’m sharing a poem I wrote on that theme and wishing you all a restful and restorative winter!

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Saying Goodbye To Rose Cottages

The apple tree stands,

split bark, gnarled roots and

rusted boat parts underfoot,

deep in the ground where

we left him behind.

It watches over a cottage,

with doors that clatter,

an abundance of bricks

stacked to make walls

and window frames which

hold the estuary close.

Boots covered in moss hide amongst

the daffodils,

house martins flutter in, out, in.

Here there is life of some sort

until, those

inevitable flames lick the debris,

which soon turn to ash

beginnings rekindle an end.

We take it in turns to turn away,

from all walls that we knew,

there’s little reason to stay.

And if he asks you – were we running?

Well, you can tell him we were flying,

do tell him we were flying.

By Jasmine Irving

(Last few lines reference to the song “Take This Hammer” http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leadbelly/take+this+hammer_20318147.html )

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