Rewarded by dolphins (the song of the 39 year old). Dedicated to Ida Heywood.

rewarded by dolphins coverI recently rediscovered a booklet/pamphlet of poems collated for me by great friends at ROCC, a charity I worked for in the 1990’s. Having had a read through there are some here that I like – maybe some revisions to be made, and some, all, resonate with the past….but I fancied sharing a few of them. Hope that you will like them. And here’s to us all – past, present and future.

This poem is dedicated to the memory of a dear friend of my mum and I, the inimitable Ida. I was returning from Ireland, having spent a few days with them both, when this was written.

Rewarded by dolphins – written on my 38th birthday, on the ferry from Rosslaire to Fishguard.

 

And what does a birthday bring?

A child being sick, before we leave the harbour,

making my breakfast, somewhat uneasy!

A memory of Ireland,

old places, old faces,

ice cream and cold Guinness,

and a beach, thick with shells,

and drummed by racing horses  –

beyond the house where Jacky stayed,

after they stole her Jack away.

 

And what does a birthday bring?

Cold hands in a strong wind,

and seabirds coasting the waves.

And I’ve a new, navy colour hat.

And five, yes five dolphins breaking out of the blue,

leaping, skimming, arching

and spelling out something new to come.

 

And I?

I am rewarded by dolphins.


Rewarded by dolphins – Happy St Patrick’s Day and a sincere thank you to those friends out there who have started (or continued ) to follow my blog – this is for you!

THE PAINTING BELOW IS BY THE MULTI TALENTED HELEN CAREY – see http://www.helencareybooks for her equally brilliant writing (including Slick Deals, a romantic, suspenseful novel about the possibility of oil exploration in the Irish Sea)

 

 

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And what does a birthday bring?

A child being sick, before we even leave the harbour

(making my breakfast somewhat uneasy!)

a memory of Ireland,

old faces, and ancient places,

ice cream and cold Guinness,

and a beach, thick with shells

drummed by racing horses –

beyond the beach where Jackie stayed

after they stole her Jack away.

And what does a birthday bring?

Cold hands in a strengthening wind,

and seabirds coasting the breakneck waves.

And I’ve a new, blue hat.

And 5, yes 5, dolphins, breaking out of the blue.

Leaping,skimming and arching,

spelling out something new to come.

And I am rewarded by dolphins.