Go n-éirí an bóthar leat 

Amongst night-black
Blanket bogs and silver-green
Crags that thrust towards the welkin,
Dull flanks of split stones

Ever reaching
Field to field,
Glimmer with quartz in the low light’s spill.

Helter-skeltering on ragged
Inky wings down the wintry chill,
Jackdaws splash the sun, off
Kilter, in and out of cloud shadows.

Long lanes tip up and wriggle into distance:
May the road rise up to meet you, as they say,
Notwithstanding the fading light of day
Obscuring wily roots and branches,

Puddled paths and muddy banks,
Quagmires cowering in the periphery.
Rising from the peat,

Straggling hawthorns, having
Toppled, bowled over by a storm, lighting
Up, bursting with
Vivacious berries,

Welcome footsore walkers with thoughts of
Xmas cheer and, as the night draws near,

Yesterday is long gone and today has almost reached its
Zenith, as has the year.

© Kim M. Russell, 2016


My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Writing Prompt November 13 – Abecedarian

This week Oloriel has challenged us to write using the Alphabet and, to give us more inspiration, direction or idea, she also provided some examples of what to do. I chose to take inspiration from the symbols of the Gaelic alphabet and write a poem where every line begins with the next letter of the alphabet.

12 thoughts on “Go n-éirí an bóthar leat 

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I could feel the path, could see the toppled hawthorns , see the glistening berries. You write with such descriptive character that I feel transported to your fields. This is masterly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane! I really enjoyed writing this one – it reflects some of the things I’ve been learning at The Poetry School but it was tricky getting the alphabet in, especially near the end!

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      1. It’s based in London. They do courses, workshops, face-to-face coaching, promote poetry and offer on-line courses and wokshops, including free workshops and resources. There’s a forum for sharing poetry and advice on submitting work to anthologies, magazines and competitions. I’ve downloaded some of their free stuff and am taking part in an on-line workshop but there are only two weeks keft. I’m in the middle of my last assignment. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I’ve ‘met’ some interesting poets and read some amazing poetry.

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      2. That’s terrific. Because of the nature of poetry and the issues surrounding it, I think you are very wise. The one workshop I was in for poetry years ago was not a great venue. It wanted everything, and I mean EVERY poem to have an erotic slant. LOL! That goes just so far. I have not submitted for a long time, t different anthologies, magazines, etc, because some are really shams. I found that out on LinkedIn…where one ‘poetry editor’ was a real jackass…You have to be careful… and some of my best poems have been stolen by other ‘poets’ and their names slapped on my work. Or they have ‘rewritten’ my poems and slapped my name back on their revised garbage. LOL! I have 5 books of poetry out because I found that this was a way to safeguard my work…(mostly) and when I caught the thieves, I could legally show that they were my work. Ugh. But on line courses have certainly improved over the years! Good on you, Kim, for pursuing this route.

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