Category Archives: Ireland

Love Story

Church of St Columba, Iona Rd.
St. Columba’s Church, Iona Road, Dublin, Ireland
 


The faithful gather
to hear the old love story—
Word of God made flesh.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Dusk

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Glasnevin Museum: Ireland’s Necropolis, Dublin, Ireland
 


Dusk in the graveyard—
why do you plead with the mice
to pray for the dead?

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Calm Waters

Sandycove, County Dublin
Sandycove Harbour, County Dublin, Ireland
 


In cove’s calm waters
a circus will soon begin—
proud swimmers preening.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hazy Memories

Toner's Pub, Dublin
The writers’ watering hole, James Toner’s Pub, Dublin, Ireland
 


hazy memories
revisiting Toner’s Pub—
slow death by Guinness

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Behind the Red Door

Georgian doors, Sandycove
Doors in Sandycove, County Dublin, Ireland
 


naked tsunami
crashing behind the red door—
a woman, her man

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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14A

14A
One of Dublin, Ireland’s brightly painted doors
 


Behind 14A,
Daphne is packing her bag
and wailing the blues.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Strawhead

National Botanic Gardens
Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


Sometimes a strawhead
presides over paradise,
scaring crows to death.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Death

Kilmainham Gaol
 
In the photograph you see a simple wooden cross, set in a corner of the execution yard of Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland. It commemorates the fateful night of 12 May 1916 when a badly wounded rebel, James Connolly (his leg had been shattered by a bullet in the Easter Rising, and he was unable to stand), was strapped to a chair and executed by a British firing squad as an example to the Irish that insurrection would not be tolerated.
 
Connolly’s death helped to change public opinion about the rebellion. Before his execution, there was little public support for throwing off the chains of British rule. Afterwards, the republican movement gathered momentum, and Ireland became a Free State in 1922, and a Republic in 1937.
 


A patriot’s death
marked the birth of a nation
in 1916.

 
The soul of a nation is in the heart of a prison.
 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Peace

The Gravediggers
John Kavanagh’s Pub (The Gravediggers), Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland


evening reverie
contemplating suds of peace
in a Guinness glass

 
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Lovesong

Ha'penny Bridge
Ha’Penny Bridge, the River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland
 


What weird script is this,
scribbled grey across the sky—
a Gaelic lovesong?

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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