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by Eoin Moynihan, Longford
Isn’t it soft the skin is on you.
Aren’t those hands of yours so clean.
Has your back never bent to ponder
upon wheelbarrow or heavy beam?
Have your eyes been ensnared by some beauty?
It may be; your hand lent purpose to a plume.
Is it poetry that unsettles you,
seduced by some lingering full moon?
Be that as it may,
Life will hold sway
And it’s bother, you will not flee.
For it be neither soft hands nor a soft heart
that set us free.
Sharry Wright, an artist from San Francisco, based her collage on 3 pieces of folklore:
If going on a journey it is very unlucky to see a weasel. One should turn back, or he will have no luck that day
It is unlucky to meet a red-haired woman when going on a journey
It is unlucky to turn back when going on a journey
A crowing hen should not be sold or killed. She should be left at a cross-roads. She will bring misfortune about any place she is. The same applies to a whistling woman.
There’s strength in unity
Brenda painted this painting originally as a support for the staff at Lancaster General Hospital during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Titled ‘My Refuge’, Brenda’s work can be purchased on her website as an 8×10 print and in packs of 3 note cards.
by Chuck Kramer, Chicago U.S.A.
Ideas are sparks of creativity
leaping from the fire of imagination
and sometimes shower the thinker
with jingling coins
but beware the sparks—
they may burn what they touch
leaving fingers scorched and scarred
as smoking thoughts drift off
over a pocket full of bitter ash
In times gone by, no one ever interfered with a hazel tree as the fairies danced underneath. If you did bad luck came to you and your family