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Aine MacAodha ~ Poetry and Lens

Aine MacAodha

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Omagh, North Ireland, Ireland
Writer/poet,avid photographer with a great interest in Celtic Myths, Mysticism, crystal healing, orbs in photography, Chemtrails, the sky above and the beauty in the Irish landscape . I live in Omagh North of Ireland where the Sperrin Mountains are my inspiration in any season. I have three poetry books published titled 'Where the Three Rivers Meet' and 'Guth An Anam ~Voice of The Soul and my latest Published by Lapwing Press Belfast, 'Landscape of self'~ You can find my links at top of my blog.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

That age~ Poem

Greencastle Oham stone.
That age

I think I’ve reached it:

this middle ground in life.

Crows feet emerge without

negotiation; bunches of

greying hair hover like

mist on the October hedge.

My offspring have fled the

roost, making their own now.

Wasn’t easy being Ma and Da.

I think of the failed mixed

marriage, the 80’s being a

time of change—

fusing bodhran and lambeg

was no easy task.

I’m beginning to resemble

my mother. Her frown and

pondering nature, her hand on

hip, stares out to the horizon …

my father’s need for the headlines


I stand still in a changing field,

like the Ogam stones of Tyrone,

grey and pointing skyward.

There are many tracks before me,

all leading down some road.

Morning pains subside in

the summer heat, like the

creaking wood of the stairs.

I think I’ve reached it:

endured the dark nights of the

soul.

What now?

1 comment:

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Hello Aine,
This is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing,that I have ever read.
Perhaps it is because I am from Northern Ireland, that I can relate to the 'feel'. I think because I am also in that middle ground of life, your words are like ticking a familiar list for me!Lovely words Aine.
Best wishes, Eileen :)