Puente Poetry: Voices in the Rain

Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat walking a hilly forest trail
a black whippet in a raincoat looking alert among scattered autumn leaves in the forest

All the songs are living ghosts and long for a living voice.
Brendan Kennelly (17.04.1936 – 17.10.2021)


... high in the rafters I hear the bell of her laughter, silvered and beautiful.
MΓ‘ire Mhac an tSaoi (04.04.1922 – 16.10.2021)

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat on a hilly forest trail

rain falls in golden leaves, in the dark,
deep water of Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain
the colours of pine, birch and fir are reflected

~ in the beginnings of new-found peace ~

a voice tells us the rain will stop when
we climb the steep hill while the sky clears
to hear poets and spirits mingle

Β© Xenia Tran

Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain in autumn

Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.

Brendan Kennelly

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Irish poets MΓ‘ire Mhac an tSaoi and Brendan Kennelly over the weekend and our thoughts and prayers are with their family, friends, colleagues and students at this difficult time.

Both leave behind a rich body of work and their gift to the world is treasured by many.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Prompt: Voice

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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

24 thoughts on “Puente Poetry: Voices in the Rain”

  1. What a wonderful way to honor these two poets. One of them died on my 66th birthday. That day I was listening to a recorded interview with Scottish poet, John O’Donohue, who died suddenly about 12 years ago. It touched my spirit to hear his voice. I bet you sound a lot like him!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear LuAnne and belated happy 66th birthday to you! πŸ’œ Was it the Krista Tippett interview with John O’Donohue (the Irish poet) you were listening to? If it was I can imagine how it touched your spirit too πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kamal, it’s a great loss and we are grateful for all they gave us. Wishing you a blessed day too and much love and light for the week ahead πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ™ xxx


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