The Flaggy Shore & August Break

Postscript by Seamus Heaney

And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightening of flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park or capture it
More thoroughly.  You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open
I was so happy to return to The Flaggy Shore in the Burren this year. Walk along slowly chatting with my friend Rosaleen and her son Ali. The most glorious air and light. To be finished off by trecking across fields for locally made ice cream and coffee at a farm.

I’m participating in Susanna Conway’s August Break by posting hopefully one picture a day during August. I can’t promise they will be all taken in August as I’ve got a bit of a backlog.

  1. debbieinlondon said:

    I love the feeling of distance in your photo, and the beautiful sky.
    Glad to see you in the August Break! I probably won’t take photos every day, as daily sustained consistency isn’t my strong point! I think last year I took a few here and there and scheduled them to appear daily.

    • Me too I think I’ll do a bit more scheduling – if the weather improves in August I want to be out and about enjoying it!

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