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Passing Moments

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I see you deep
inside your skin,
past flesh and blood
to what’s within,
the Holy Grail that lights your soul,
that fills you up,
that makes you whole,
pure-driven fire of truth to me,
that only souls
can feel and see.
you are not real,
could never be,
but forged of light,
and filigree;
Imagined love,
sweet fantasy,
I found you deep in heart of me.

©NiamhClune 2012

What is your imagined love?

About Dr Niamh

I am doing what I love most: writing children's books. As a child, learning new words was a delicious delight. Tasting them roll around my tongue, practicing pronunciation, then trotting them out whenever possible, made me feel very clever indeed. Children of today are no different. They love saying new-really-difficult-to-pronounce words, (useful for spells or superheroes). So, I prefer not to censor broader vocabulary. I believe we should never 'talk down' to shapers-of-the-future but encourage them always to think their best and realise their astonishing potential. They are so bright, inquisitive and imaginative! For this reason, when hard-to-pronounce-big words creep into my stories (because they serve a purpose) and strut across the page full of self-importance, I give them permission to show off. Why not! They have much to teach us about language. It is easy to call on the little words to tell simple, contextual stories about them and make their meaning clear. Words should tease, disrupt and challenge. Sentences should say exactly what is meant, without too much meandering. Apart from all that, I love making up new words that include lots-of-things-all-at-once. (I have even written in ant-language!) And plots! Plots must be magical, full of childhood self-empowerment, positive, with inwoven facts and strong elements of personal development. Lastly, at Dr. Niamh Children's Books, we endeavour to uphold good grammar. In the interests of technique, art, literacy and creativity, a child needs to learn the rules of grammar first before s/he knows how to break them successfully. If pushed to blow my own trumpet (better than blowing someone else's and which, will only happen when forced to sell something), I would say I write modern children's classics: content rich with great vocabulary and little gems of wisdom that might keep us company into adulthood. I hope you and your children will enjoy reading my stories as much as I love writing them. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination.

14 comments on “Passing Moments

  1. Shawn MacKENZIE
    November 30, 2012

    I find myself holding my tongue of late when it comes to commenting on poetry–and yet I will say simply: this resonates.

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  2. Betty Dravis
    December 1, 2012

    You ask what is my imagined love? I never feel a need to imagine it because with so many children and friends, I am surrounded by love… a warm, glowing feeling. This poem captures the deeper feelings. Thanks for sharing, Niamh. <3

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    • ontheplumtree
      December 2, 2012

      Thank you, Betty. I am also lucky enough to be surrounded by love and do not need to imagine it. I have tried to capture the truth of love that is within…

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  3. the secret keeper
    December 1, 2012

    a blooming rose

    beyond the depths
    of the deepest soul
    your dreams
    there you will find.
    such fire and light,
    sight for sight,
    in the words
    you weave
    from in your mind
    upon the page.
    you touch me quick
    and deep
    with meaning pure
    and deep in heart,
    you find me.
    a blooming rose…

    © Jennifer Kiley 2012

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  4. Uncle Tree
    December 2, 2012

    You speak well of the fire, Niamh.
    And passion speaks well through you.

    Cheerz to love and blooming roses! ;) Keith

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  5. ivonprefontaine
    December 7, 2012

    I nominated you for awards. You can go to http://ivonprefontaine.com/2012/12/07/more-awards/ and pick them up. Naturally, there are rules. Congratulations.

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