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The Featherbeds

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The Featherbeds

The feather beds are a string of mountains near where I live, famous for its raised bog lands, where my father and his brothers cut turf for many years. In spring / summer a wild cotton flower blooms giving the mountains their name.


In youths embrace I walked in mountains,
My father’s steps I tried to follow.
He led the way from town to wilderness
And there it was my soul he freed.
Windswept hills of raised bog and peregrine,
Swooped winds flared the will of the wisp.
Cotton top flowers waved their white clouds,
Beckoning me,  to loose myself in awe.
Slain and sod, man and muscle worked as one,
Bright Heather draped the hills a regal hue.
Bracken fronds greened the soil of spring.
Larks and curlew cries hung upon the air. 
As my father shushed us to silence and embrace,
His wonderland of peace.
At seasons turn and Bracken colours fade,
Gorse and heather flair their restful hues.
Sheep saunter through with heads bowed, 
They slowly leave the mountain once again.
The feather beds dim as clouds dip low and veil.
And silence flees before winter wind and rain 
In adults disgrace I left the mountains,
My father’s steps hard to follow.
Still longing to find the way of wilderness
To free my soul once again and be with him.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:44:00 PM

    congratulations...PD

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/14/2013 10:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my poem I'm looking forward to catching up on your poems over the next couple of weeks.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:32:00 PM

    I liked your rich descriptions of the scenery. It really puts the reader into the story. This was very touching and heartfelt. An elegantly written piece of poetry! Congratulations on your well deserved win!...Thank you for the great comments and the kind congrats on my poem. I appreciate it very much!

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/14/2013 10:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your very kind comments on my poem its greatly appreciated.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 12:20:00 PM

    Evocative in it's remembrance much enjoyed your winning poem, xxx

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/14/2013 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my poem.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:21:00 AM

    This is wonderful...so deserving of a big win. BG

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/14/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your kind comment on my poem.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 9:54:00 AM

    seosamh this is truly lovey congrats on win Shadow x smile hugs

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/13/2013 10:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your good wishes on my poem.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 8:45:00 AM

    My friend, my father is so great for me.Even today i couldn't match his greatness as a father.I enjoyed reading your poem.awesome.(: )Jenish.

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/13/2013 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi thank you for taking the time to read and post a kind comment on my poem.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 8:19:00 AM

    Enjoyed reading your poem nature, Congrats,

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 12/13/2013 10:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi thanks for reading and kind comment.
  1. Date: 6/19/2013 10:23:00 AM

    This poem, like fine wine, gets better with age... Congratulations..... Jake

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/20/2013 7:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, for your very kind words and warm wishes.
  1. Date: 6/19/2013 9:58:00 AM

    congrats on a fine win Seosamh

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/20/2013 7:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much for your good wishes.
  1. Date: 6/19/2013 9:48:00 AM

    Hi Seosamh I'd like to say ~CONGRATULATIONS~ always & forever * LINDA

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/20/2013 7:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your good wishes Linda.
  1. Date: 6/19/2013 9:22:00 AM

    SEASAMH, ;-) CONGRATULATIONS!!! THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME POEM. *LUV ~SKAT~

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/20/2013 7:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi and thank you for your good wishes.
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:22:00 PM

    This is a very good poem, CONGRATS! ;-) ~SKAT~

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/1/2013 7:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi and thank you for your kind and positive words, I appreciate them very much.
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 9:48:00 AM

    Seosamh, Congratulations in Kim M's contest... have yourself a nice one... xox~ LINDA

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/1/2013 7:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Linda.
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 7:40:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win. Your love for the place and your father shine brightly from your words

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/1/2013 7:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:24:00 PM

    Described so beautifully, that I can almost feel the wilderness beneath my feet and see the mountains of which you speak. Lovely poem. Nice to share this spot with you! Congratulations!

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/1/2013 7:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your kind words, I enjoyed reading your poem and congrats to you also.
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 6:07:00 PM

    congrats on a great win Seosamh

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/1/2013 7:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much.
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 5:30:00 PM

    A very beautiful piece of work. Thanks submitting it and congrats. Kim

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 6/1/2013 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for accepting my entry and your very kind words. I appreciate it.
  1. Date: 5/26/2013 7:36:00 AM

    Beauty that penetrates all things in nature. You've drawn beautiful scenes here in your poem and lovely landscaping!! Congrats, Seosamh!!

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 5/27/2013 1:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much for reading and your kind comments on my poem.
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 10:05:00 PM

    This is a very delightful and beautiful poem to read! Big congratulations on your fantastic win my dear Seosamh! love/hugs, Leonora

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 5/25/2013 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much for your congrats and taking the time to read and comment on my poem.
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 1:27:00 AM

    Congratulations for writing such a lovely poem and for getting a place in the contest...Seren

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 5/25/2013 4:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for good wishes and reading my poem.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 2:32:00 PM

    beautiful poem ....congrats on a great win

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 5/25/2013 4:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi thank you for the good wishes and taking the time to read and comment.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 10:52:00 AM

    After this one, your talent will always precede you. Congratulations on a beautifully structured winning write... Jake

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 5/22/2013 1:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Jake thank you for commenting and reading my poem. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. S.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 9:05:00 AM

    Seosamh, CONGRATULATIONS!!! :-) thank you for the wonderful nature poem... Luv~ Luv~ LINDA

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 5/22/2013 1:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for all your encouragement, kindness and generosity. yeeeeaaaa its the first time I have ever received acknowledgement for a competition I have entered, its made my day. Thank you.
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 4:31:00 PM

    This is too beautiful to to find the words...you really need to enter some of those contests so other people will discover your wonderful poems...

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 4/29/2013 12:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Donna, thank you for reading and commenting on my poem, I look forward to reading more of your work :).
  1. Date: 4/25/2013 9:08:00 PM

    Hello Seosamh, stopping by to read your embracing poem, I love the path you are willing to take... even though you say the steps are hard to follow.. your dad is proud of you right now... xox~ Linda

    De Burca Avatar Seosamh De Burca Date: 4/29/2013 12:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi and thank you Linda for taking the time to read another of my poems and commenting on it so nicely too.
  1. Date: 4/25/2013 8:08:00 PM

    The feather beds are a string of mountains near where I live, famous for its raised bog lands, which my father and his brothers cut turf for many years. In spring / summer a wild cotton flower blooms giving the mountains their name.