Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

My Heart's In This Beautiful Country

by Derek Fanning

My heart is in Ireland the meadows buzzing with insects on a summer afternoon The angel-guardians standing on top of Keeper Hill The loving wives and mothers and girlfriends Their hearts adoring you I adoring them The bantering youths playing hurling with great skill The old man singing of love over a guinness I am of the country not of the metropolis I am of the community not of anonymity I am of the highways and byways of the purple hills In the spring the trees' leaves possess a gorgeous hue; The May woodland floors are decked with a myriad bluebells - We lay upon the carpet of bluebells In the beech and birch wood Beneath the Ridge of Capard And I dreamed of an order of Druids Which loved creativity and philosophy Which prayed in oaken woods And were tender-hearted, gentle - Because it's true what the New York poet said: Whoever treads this sacred Earth without compassion in his being Is walking to his own grave My heart's in this beautiful country In its mountain regions (kneeling and praying on hill-tops) Galloping on horseback across the plains A country where there is compassion A country where there is loafing and fun My heart is in Ireland the meadows buzzing with insects on a summer afternoon The angel-guardians standing on top of keeper hill

Added: 15.04.2011

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