WORD SHARING!

WORD SHARING!

12.7.12

SHANNON



Dedicated to Richard St. John Harris and the roaring boys of Charlie St. George’s bar.


My heart is bursting its banks
with the songs of the Shannon. 
My girl friend wells up with the beauty of daybreak,
her breasts swell with the glory of sunshine, 
her eyes are glowing with wisdom. 
Swim with me to the Atlantic surge,
we can watch the mighty birds take flight,
we can feel the urge of history in our bones
and ride on the aching backs of workers.
Shannon, you are our breath aglow
with the salmon of knowledge.
You are the spray in our faces,
full of bubbles of inspiration
welling up in our surging veins.
Wise one,
lift me up in your flow,
leave me in awe of your wonder.
Let me sparkle with the birth of new ideas,
reach out for the touch of a sensational moon, 
dance in a festival of stars
and drown in the arms of a glorious goddess.
"There will be another song for me
for I will sing it.
There will be another dream for me,
someone will bring it.
I will drink the wine while it is warm
and never let you catch me looking at the sun
and after all the loves of my life,
after all the loves of my life,
you will still be the one.
I will take my life into my hands and I will use it,
I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it.
I will have the things that I desire
and my passion flow like rivers through the sky
and after all the loves of my life,
after all the loves of my life,
I will be thinking of you
and wondering why."
KEITH ARMSTRONG
From Anthology for a River, published by the Shannon Protection Alliance, 2012.

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