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On neglect and silence!

Do not pass this way, my friend,
do not look this way or send
your muted thoughts of sympathy
for all that has become of me;
for I am ghost upon this day;
I do not sing;
I do not pray;
The world cares not, for what, was done;
neglected here,
left unsung;
now darkened windows of my soul
shall not look out
shall be my gaol.

copyright 2012 Niamh Clune.

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About niamh clune

I was born in Dublin, back in the days when it was full of poets, mystics, philanderers, drinkers, passionate speech-makers and wanna-be-Joyceans. Dublin was enshrouded then in a pall of Catholicism ~ Church and State were like Siamese Twins. I was a rebel ~ in the sense that I couldn't help but think for myself. There were Maoists, musicians and academics all trying to do the same. Gatherings were frenetic, passionate, yet often tempered by some of the gentle 'aul' folk not made bigots by religion or politics but liberated by both into realising the gentle and constant passing of all things. They were of my grand-parent's generation, sweet breaths of peat-soaked air, demonstrative of the tremendous inner peace and calm that comes from knowing who you are and where you come from. These days, I am a writer, poet, environmental campaigner, and musician ~ among other things. I gained a Ph.D in Acquiring Wisdom Through The Imagination, and I love teaching and sharing my inspiration. These days, I am also writing children's books. I believe that reading to little ones, even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection. Find my books on my page.

10 comments on “On neglect and silence!

  1. Tonia Marie Houston
    November 17, 2012

    Beautiful and sad. I know it’s been too long since we’ve talked, but I feel our souls know each other’s through the mute symphony of passion and despair of surviving abuse and inner struggles. Love, Tonia

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  2. Juliette
    November 18, 2012

    This is lovely. Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. songtothesirens
    November 18, 2012

    Reblogged this on A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole and commented:
    Reminds me a little of how I am feeling today. I lost my last Grandparent today, and am feeling a bit of the ghost today. Best to just not speak today.

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  4. the secret keeper
    November 18, 2012

    silence as a partner
    with neglect
    is a soul killer.
    if it happens
    and you’re lost
    you’ve got to
    shout louder .
    wishing doesn’t help
    no one’s luck matters
    they’re mean unkind people
    that are such blind
    who don’t care people
    they let you starve
    look straight ahead people
    don’t give a damn
    too scared to care people
    rather walk away
    then get involved people
    one day they will die
    no one will come people
    silence and neglect
    don’t need to know these people
    there are those who care
    the one’s you’ll know people
    reach out and take a hand
    with the kind people
    you’ll find smiling face
    you’ll be surprised people
    you’re not alone in this world
    around these wise people

    j.k. the secret keeper

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    • ontheplumtree
      November 18, 2012

      I love this, Jennifer! Clever poem!

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      • the secret keeper
        November 19, 2012

        Thank you Niamh. Your poem moved me deeply. It is so powerful! It needed a response. It felt different here on your blog then where i first read it and responded. Your poetry is more embedded here. More secure. zi love it here very much. jennifer

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  5. thiskidreviewsbooks
    November 19, 2012

    Love it – very powerful!

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