A New Dawn of Words by Helen Harrison

I try to let time pass,
Slowly – as always,
Yet it still
Goes fast
Beauty of Words….

Ordinary life dimmed
Yet not put out
By this glorious light.

Peace surrounds mejba2qsv
Like a forgotten vale:
Un-earthed from childhood:
A forgotten state of grace.

A web of story-telling –
In a different place
This time….

Helen Harrison was raised on the Wirral, seven miles from Liverpool, by Irish parents,  and has lived most of her adult life in Co Monaghan, where she is married with a grown-up daughter. Has had poems published in A New Ulster, North West Words, Mad Swirl, The Galway Review, The Bray Journal, and Poethead blog. Her first collection of poetry ‘The Last Fire’ was published during 2015 by Lapwing.  Helen was Guest Poet Reader at ‘O’Bheal Poetry Readings’ Cork, during January 2016, and the ‘White House Readings’ Limerick during April 2016.

THE FAMILY by Michael J Whelan


Michael Whelan – Peacekeeper

There were nine of them.
Eight children under the age of ten,
existing- in the rough shell
of a house with a hole in its roof
and a young mother, whose
sanity had run out.
I stood there in the bowel of
her existence,
slack-jawed in the middle
of that frozen room,
rifle under my arm.
It was Christmas time at home.

How do I sort this out?
No one can threaten hunger with bullets.

Tiny hands were in my pockets.
I gave her my watch.

Michael J. Whelan


 In the depths of your despair
I come,
With these eyes I see
those who would purge you,
desecrate your identity,
your existence.
With these same eyes
I see your vengeance
meted out, tenfold.
I see the scars,
the landscape,
the missing,
the future.
I will leave this place
and one day bear witness
to your glories.

Michael J. Whelan
Michael is an award winning Poet, Historian and  Author.
2nd Place Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh International Poetry Award 2011.
3rd Place Winner of Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards (poetry) 2012
author of ‘The Battle of Jadotville: Irish Soldiers in Combat in the Congo, 1961.’ & ‘Allegiances Compromised: Ex British Soldiers in the Irish Army 1913-24.’
Served as United Nations Peacekeeper in Lebanon & Kosovo with Irish Defence Forces.
His debut collection PEACEKEEPER was was published in 2016 by Doire Press


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