Ivor’s pay it forward choice for this week
Loyal readers of The Jukebox will know that as St Patrick’s Day approaches each March, honouring my heritage, I tip my hat to Irish Writers, Painters and Poets especially dear to my heart.
I had thought to include the Poet Michael Hartnett and Master Musicians The Gloaming in my St Patrick’s Parade 2019.
But, last week, I found the line, ‘Their talons left on me scars not healed yet.’ echoing through my night and daytime dreaming mind.
Scanning the Poetry section of my bookshelves I lighted upon Michael Hartnett’s Collected Poems and soon found his revelatory, ‘A Necklace of Wrens’ in both the English and Irish Language versions.
As the poem tells us Hartnett accepted a Mystic invitation into the Poet’s life
Initiation would bring both wound and blessing and gathering understanding that the craft demanded lifelong fidelity.
A necklet of feathers is yet a collar.
It is the Poet…
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