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Erin Go Bragh

At Ben Bulben’s feet Sligo stands
The home of such creative hands

Where poet William Yeats did grow.
The Nobel Prize his poems did know.

On my trip to this emerald isle,
I yearned to visit a long while.

As sun poured through the misty sky
Shedding warmth with its golden eye,

I stood beside the lough in awe
At dancing diamonds that I saw

Near Connemara’s tall twelve bens 
O’er lands of ancient souls that wends.

I sense their haunting watchful eyes
And feel my roots where rivers rise.

I hear the voices lost at sea,
They echo on eternally;

As with the thousands who took flight
During the worst potato blight.

Their sadness streams across the seas
Where most souls died with unheard pleas.

Those sad and tragic days long past,
And Erin’s joys returned at last

To verdant Lee and sandy shores
To music heard across the moors,

To people with the kindest hearts
Is what this isle to me imparts.

© 2013 

*Erin go bragh means Ireland Forever
*lough means a lake
*Ben means Irish, a mountain peak

Copyright © Connie Marcum Wong

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  1. Date: 5/7/2013 6:37:00 PM
    This was a good description of one of my favorite places. Wonderful memories revived reading this.

  1. Date: 2/17/2013 1:08:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading this one..It has such great rhythm and rhyme..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 11:43:00 PM
    Congratulations on this beautiful write, Connie....a very lovely poem about Eire! Well said! Annalise

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 10:53:00 AM
    Even though I said exta points for humour, this one beat a lot of others that attempted humour because it is so realistic; it has a certain quality that makes me think of reality, both the beauty and the sadness of it. And, of course, you did a great job on the couplets.

  1. Date: 2/13/2013 6:05:00 PM
    Hello Connie, Congratulations, :-), with your awesome, Irish Poems ... xox~PD

  1. Date: 2/13/2013 11:03:00 AM
    I love the richness of this poem. Fav'ing it. Congratulations on your win, Connie. Love, Su

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 2:21:00 PM
    I love the story here Connie--many congrats!

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 10:19:00 AM
    Belated congratulations on your win Connie xx

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 7:59:00 PM
    Beautiful poem, Connie! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 5:34:00 PM
    YAY connie, you go, Irish Lassie. congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 3:29:00 PM
    a wonderful poem, which sounded so perfectly irish! loved it! congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 3:09:00 PM
    This reads as a wonderful tribute to me...beautiful....congrats

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 1:40:00 PM
    Love the Irish words and phrases. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 8:04:00 AM
    I'm sure you're dreaming sweet dreams by now but I sent you a super-soupy-souper reply...

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 5:10:00 AM
    just love this Connie,, you bring the whole poem to life,,,

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 1:19:00 PM
    Poetic perfection Connie and I'm wonderin if you be an Irish lass to create such a gem. The happy and sad parts of Irish history are so poignantly spoken of. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 3:18:00 PM
    Well Connie, what can I say?...Did you ever see 'The Last Waltz? (The Band's farewell concert) If not, PLEASE watch it!...A guy did a poem which I don't think was Irish but maybe old English (Cornish?)...Do you know what I'm talking about? It was beautiful...I wish you could find and study this language...Knowing you and your talent, I'm sure you could master it and write a real gem for us - Tim (there was also an idiot poet who did an offensive and sacreligious poem too...not him!)

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 1/29/2013 3:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    By the way (and I'm sure I'm boring you to death!)...In the movie, Van Morrison (The Belfast Cowboy) knocks um dead and steals the show...the best live performance I have ever witnessed (I'm a bit of a music buff, can you tell?)
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 1:53:00 PM
    Absolutely beautiful, Nicely done poet. Take a look at my poem

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 7:45:00 AM
    I can tell that you know this land, the land of green, even better than me, with this wonderful poem, Connie! Well done!

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 8:28:00 PM
    Connie, a good poem,, some sad thoughts... love the Irish theme... good luck in the contest... enjoyed :-) always~PD