Wednesday, 23 December 2009

POEM FOR MY SISTER



A poem in memory of my sister Nessa on her anniversary.

Kingfisher Sister

In the halcyonic hours of winter solstice,
you loosened your grip
for the slip towards death.

You had no mate to hoist you on his back
and fly over the flat-calm sea,
mourning you with his cries.

But in your last storm, a thaisce, never fear,
our sorrow saw you safely
into the blue, in a blaze of red.
 

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(Image from Outdoor Photo.)

19 comments:

Liz said...

Beautiful poem, Nuala, the ending is absolute magic. Thanks for posting this.
x

Niamh B said...

Moving beautiful poem Nuala, hope ye have a lovely Christmas.

Kar said...

A beautiful poem Nu. You are all in my thoughts today.
Kar x

Vanessa Gebbie said...

N, that is beautiful. Hugs, V

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks all. Much appreciated.

Nollaig shona!

Elizabeth Baines said...

Very moving, Nuala. My thoughts are with you.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks Elizabeth.

It's always an odd day - the build up is worse than the anniversary somehow. It's been 8 years since she died now. Hard to believe.

I'll light a candle later and bring my little family out to dinner. It's the start of the hols so no time for moping!

Hope you and all my blogger friends have a great Christmas! N x

Totalfeckineejit said...

Powerful beautiful poem and what a glorious last line.

Rachel Fox said...

Hugely moving. And beautiful.
x

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

TFE & Rachel - thank you both. Happy Xmas!

Una said...

You brought a tear to my eye this morning when I read this Nu. Just like TFE I love the last line, and I know the significance of that blaze of red. Happy Christmas to you.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Úna - aw.
Yes, indeedy, the blaze of red has a few meanings there.
Nollaig shona baby sis. Mwah x

Elisabeth said...

A beautiful poem at this time of the year, in memory of a special sister.
Thank you for sharing it.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Hi Elisabeth
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Nuala x

Sarah Hilary said...

Beautiful, Nuala, full of life and colour.

Have a good Christmas, and here's to a whole new decade. S x

Rachel Fenton said...

x

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thank you Sarah and Rae x x

Tania Hershman said...

Thank you, N, for sharing this with us. Thinking of all of you. T xx

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks T. N x