Dr Niamh's Children's Books

Childhood Imagination Sows Seeds of Future Brilliance



let’s go to the ends of our yearning
let’s free it from the banal
live passionately
daringly, beautifully.
lest we never live at all

let’s walk through the fires of longing
let’s feel them burn the dross
live fearlessly
truthfully, with bravery
never counting spectred cost

For this is all we have, my friend
when life does strip us bare
our symphony, melody, harmony
the sweetest breath of air.

Copyright 2013 Niamh Clune
Art: Skadi’s Longing For The Mountain


About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

17 comments on “Longing

  1. Genie
    February 4, 2013

    Well penned, your poem has perfume. I felt delight and joy reading it.


    • ontheplumtree
      February 4, 2013

      Many thanks, Genie. So happy to have brought you some delight.


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    February 4, 2013

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  3. DiAnne Ebejer
    February 4, 2013

    Profound and lovely; a great piece Niamh!


  4. Patricia Tilton
    February 5, 2013

    Raw and beautiful!


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  7. the secret keeper
    February 6, 2013

    Yes, let us live fearlessly. We have our harmony. So connected. We must be connected to the yearning. It keeps us alive. Your words touch me deeply. You have the vision of a seer and know just the words to break through the barriers into someone’s soul. My heart feels your words so deeply. Thank you, Niamh for your gifts and the tears that my soul wants to shed. Jennifer


    • ontheplumtree
      February 6, 2013

      Just so, Jennifer. let’s live fearlessly and passionately, as you do, with your innocence still intact.


      • the secret keeper
        February 7, 2013

        Passionately, I feel it welling up from within. Fearlessly, caution seems to be leaving me and I am entering into a no-fear zone. My innocence is intact. That I reclaim by rights of all who face the fire and survive. The blood coursing through my veins feels refreshed with an unusual energy that is leading on a path that feels quite new to me. I proceed forward like Alice without a thought of what is about to be. Excitement precedes me and the unknown awaits. I just have no idea what to expect anymore. a.l. jk


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        February 7, 2013



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