Writers-in-Residence Excerpts of Work

Beara
What is it about the light in southwest Kerry,
the way it tricks the eye with clouds
and fleeting sungleams, so that in an instant
grey-green sea is changed to shimmering blueness,
green-grey hills transfused with deepest purple?
This is a place of mercury,
of shifting boundaries.
Hedgerows redress winter gloom
with summer lushness.
Fuschia and Honeysuckle
twine their fragrence,
guiding roads that wind
forever seawards.
This is a place unbound by definition,
its essence the quick-silver light,
the transformations,
the taste of salt left upon the tongue,
the sharp gull-shriek slicing the ocean's roar,
the sense of something constant
at the heart of flux and fury

Nessa O’Mahony
Anglesey, North Wales
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