The flowers of fuchsia spill
Waves of colour across the hill
Like ballet dancers in blue and red
Where butterfly brooches on them spread
Enameled wings on petaled frocks
Drenched in the sunsets golden locks
As she rest her head on Innisvicilaun
Spreads her golden blanket
On Sliabh an Iolair at dawn
Cross field and ditch Bothereen and road
Where the silver stream in summer flowed
From Ventry harbour to Brandon Creek
Where I’ve searched and searched And still I seek
The calm ,beauty, discovered here
From Slea head down to Dunquin pier
Where sea pinks perch on the cliffs stone face
Where Beauty oozes from every place
Seagulls glide, gannets dive
Ones sense here are splashed alive
For sound, sight, touch and smell
Nature has woven a magic spell
Of crashing waves and patchworked farms
Beehive huts, forts and cairns.
The incense of her morning mists
On Dunmore head with silver dew is kissed
Fishermen lift the lobster pots
In currachs black with tar
From the Scellig rocks to the Maherees
They fish both near and far.
St. Brendan in them sailed, a medieval time ago
Seeds of adventure and christianity he began to sow
As he sailed from Cuas an Bhodaigh
To his Mystical Hy-Brassil
And old folk say on a clear day
You can see that island still.
But I bid fair-well to Dingle
Smerick, The three Sisters, Coumeenoole
to soft spoken irish its rince agus ceol
to Peig and Thomais o Croithin
and Maurice o Suillabháin
To sunsets in the evening
and a chorus of birds at dawn.



Muckross Killarney, Ireland

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