The Exile: Learning the True Nature of Mother Nature Part One

To the people who make promotional videos for Irish tourism, Ireland is a beautiful and tranquil land. Sheep, picturesque rural taverns, leprechauns, poets, ramblers and quaint monasteries abound, all seamlessly interwoven into the cloth of the natural environment. For me, it is something different. I do love my country of origin, although the words which follow may paint a contrary picture. … Continue reading

The Poetry of Amber: Was it Christmas Eve You Came? Part 2

Christmas in Ireland is a troubling time. It’s the one time of the year where the petty squabbles of family dynamics are put to one side and replaced by an organised pretence of unity, harmony and well being. The birth of Jesus is celebrated by drinking far too much, eating to the point of explosion, … Continue reading

The Poetry of Amber: Between Stop and Go Part 1

I have a confession to make. I have difficulty understanding poetry. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it. It’s just that I very often struggle to decipher it. Friends recommend poems. They lend me books. I open them. I read the verses. I recognise some clever metaphors and a beautiful turn of phrase here and … Continue reading