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Christmas card by Harvey Ó Chléirigh-Lynch aged 7

Christmas card by Harvey Ó Chléirigh-Lynch aged 7

I certainly didn't think that retirement was going to have this blast-off, but there we go. We are where we are and with great difficulty have to make something of it. It is the season and part of the season for us is a birthday that we have been celebrating for forty-nine years now. I wrote this for Margot. I hope you enjoy it and share it and comment on it.


Now mornings find us
in a reshaped room,
the new tenancy.
Coffee and cookies,
two seats at window,
madam perched between;
her rounded face, her
sharp demanding look;
grandchild boss, bottle
in hand; our every
day birthday blessing.

Peter Clarke
17th December 2020


Rosy Wilson

01.02.2021 19:38

Beautiful poem Peter, very concise and complete, I see your window seat granddaugter boss in between you and Margot, your love and delight in the baby.

Heinz and Jutta Rohlfing, Hagen.

01.01.2021 09:36

We live it. Greetings to Margot.

Bríd Kennedy

26.12.2020 10:22

Lovely moment captured.

Pauline Lynch

21.12.2020 10:45

Could picture the scene perfectly.


20.12.2020 22:19

Lovely Peter!

Jane Kingsford

20.12.2020 22:14

Charming and touching, Peter. Thanks for sharing.

Triona Mc Morrow

20.12.2020 21:20

Ps! Would you consider putting a comma after the first word, Now?

Triona Mc Morrow

20.12.2020 21:12

Lovely, loving poem, a great celebration of inter generational livingT
I love the phrase “in a reshaped room”, I am thinking it is a description of a changed way of life! T

Phyl Herbert

20.12.2020 21:12

Great poem Peter. Encapsulates a life cycle with joy.

Margaret D

20.12.2020 20:53

I love it Peter. Keep them coming

Latest comments

25.11 | 22:15

Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.

07.11 | 11:14

Hi Peter,

A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there



06.11 | 16:24

A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.

06.11 | 15:59

Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.

In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.

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