Inspired by a visit to one my favourite places on Earth, Gouganne Barra in West Cork.
A lake which is the source of the river Lee which runs through my birth place, Cork city.
In the lake, a little island, on which stand the ruins of a monastic settlement attribute to Saint Finbar the patron saint and founder of the city.
But this is a sacred place and was regarded as a holy place by people long before the Christians claimed it.
It is also one of my favourite poems.
A Piece of Heaven
A piece of heaven lay before my eyes
Majestic mountains under clear blue skies
A fusion of colours can be seen
Purple heather and vibrant green
I feel so alive, as I look and listen
Tumbling waterfalls sparkle and glisten
Caught in the sunlight like sparkling tears
A beautiful symphony to my eyes and ears
Babbling brooks that twist and wind
A sight to calm the heart and clear the mind
Stretching as far as the eye can see
No wonder they call it God’s country
My Spirit rises and senses awake
Below a shimmering shining lake
With an emerald isle and tiny cove
A Druid’s glen, a Holly grove
And a little stone church or oratory
A sacred place of sanctuary
And there by the lakeside I take a seat
Water gently lapping at stone beneath feet
Sun on my face, gentle breeze in my hair
Fire, Water, Earth and Air
Druid,Saint,Pilgrim and Priest
I feel their presence though long deceased
Their Footsteps echo on ancient stone
In silent meditation together and alone
Sacred ceremony, ritual and prayer
Such peace and tranquility still dwells here
A space to feel complete and whole
To nourish the body and heal the soul
Spirit and mind and body as one
A piece of Heaven under the sun.
c/ Denis Murphy 19 Aug 2017.