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KinsaleRoundabout

“The Magic Roundabout”

 

Rush Hour Waltz

 

Blackbirds wheel

In evening skies

above Kindale’s

signalized

roundabout,

 

mimicking

warmed metal

motors idling

in similar circles

below.

 

Are they

as confused

about how

to get home

as we are?

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #Beggorathon2015    #Ireland  #TheMagicRoundabout

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Baghdad Ballet                                                                     

(March, 2003)

A young boy sits, on his mother’s shoulders,

smile-excited in the sunshine,  taking part in a parade.

He proudly thrusts the finger-sign of peace.

 

Nice to see in an Iraqi child – family

bombardered by ‘Shock and Awe’ the night before,

forgiving.

 

But the visual is blitzed as it flashes onscreen,

by the plastic Sten gun held aloft,

background-brandished in the child’s other hand.

 

Do you think the young lad plays

in secret tunnels, knows where to hide,

where doubles walk to keep the myth alive,

 

the magic tricks to keep awake illusions

of a still-controlled-city.

Streetlights burn in defiance of invaders largesse.

Traffic moves through the night

while bright glows explode in distant thunder

 

and shower shrapnel as

we sit on green comfy sofas,

presumed warm and safe inside,

miles away watching the performance

 

on TV young Liam wears red and white,

holds his defiant hurly high – a warrior

enjoying the sunshine day parade

– a protest for peace in Shannon.

 

 Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

 

 @FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #Begorathon2015  #Ireland  #WarPoems  #Poems

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St Mary’s Road, Midleton, Cork. 2003

Vaccuming

 

With every pull toward your body

you expect obedience.

Expect each tiny micron of dirt

to be sucked up and away.

Look at the attention you give stairs…

 

How do I become like stairs?

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

 

@FrancesMForde   #FrancesMacForde   #Beggorthon:2015   #SketchingInIreland  #IrishPoems  #PoemsWrittenInIreland  #LovePoems   #Romance

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Clare road repairs

 

On a hill, Celtic crosses and angels wings

gather.  We approve the view, weed and go.

 

Suddenly, unattended in a quiet Irish lane,

Temporary traffic lights blink red.

 

Surrounded by green fields, we’re forced

to queue like country others, and reflect.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #Beggorathon2015  #IrishPoems  #SketchingInIreland 

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Wonderful work!

WordMothers

Interview by Nicole Melanson ~

Interview with Sarah Garnett from The Footpath Library by Nicole Melanson - photo by Banjo McLachlan

Sarah Garnett is Founder and Managing Director of The Footpath Library, a truly unique library that gives away books to homeless people in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The Footpath Library gives away 2500 books a month via mobile services and libraries it installs and stocks in homeless shelters and refuges.

Sarah is an Australia Day Ambassador, a 2013 NSW Australian of the Year Local Hero finalist, and a recipient of the 2013 Courage to Care Local Hero Award. She was also the subject of an episode of Channel 9’s program Random Acts of Kindness. Prior to her role as MD of The Footpath Library, Sarah had a successful career as a corporate communications and documentary producer.

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Truly…

Retirement and beyond

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Meet Patricia Wood

I’m inspired…

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Interview by Nicole Melanson ~

Interview with writer Patricia Wood by Nicole Melanson - photo by Mary Gullickson

Patricia Wood was born in Seattle, Washington and currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her debut novel, Lottery, was short-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for fiction in the UK. She has contributed a short story in the anthology collection Sunset Inn: Tales of the North Shore, which benefits Hawaii Literacy, and her latest novel, Cupidity, was recently released in December.

While Patricia has always considered herself a writer, she has had various careers from being a medical technologist in the US Army, to giving horseback riding lessons, to teaching Science to high-risk students. She has helped crew sailboats across the Pacific, done shark research at Midway Atoll, and competed professionally in horse shows with her jumper Airborne. While working on her PhD at the University of Hawaii, she earned her certificate in Disability Studies.

Patricia now lives on a sailboat with…

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