Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Travel Jnl Ireland

Church spire
Gray twilight cloud background
Holding centuries of worship

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Travel jnl Killarney, Ireland


Not a lot of swimming
going on in Ireland.
Few pools. Many beaches,
but water’s too cold.
When my niece and I went kayaking,
the tour guide
insisted we wear wet suits
in case we fell in the bay.

So we changed
in the nearby castle restroom.
I squirmed and squiggled
and pulled and tugged.
If it wasn’t for her
pulling and tugging, too,
while I jumped around,
I would have never gotten into it.

I didn’t fall in the ocean,
so all that work was for naught.
After kayaking, it took some doing
till I finally freed myself of the thing,
like a butterfly shedding its cocoon.
Now, at least, when I swim at the city pool
I won’t feel so self-conscious
after seeing what I look like in a wet suit.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Travel jnl County Cork

Mitchelstown Caves

Down, down, down
250 feet

Electric lit
Browns and creams
Without light-
Blacker than black

Uneven stairs
Low railings
High ceilings


Old lady
Bearded man

Stage with good acoustics
Up, up, up

Wish we could
explore its
secret parts.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Travel jnl Ireland

My Niece

Almost thirty,
she drives along,
twiddling her hair
like she did when she
was a little girl.

Now, she’s graduated
to designated driver
for two worried aunts,
not brave enough
to drive on the left.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Travel journal Pitlochry Scotland


Heather-speckled Scotland hillside.
Someone figured out
how to harvest heather.
Dry it.
Shotblast it.
Dye it.
Compress it.
Cut it.
Shape it.
File it.
Sand it.  
Lacquer it.
Turn it into a beautiful jewelry.
It makes me wonder
what worthless stuff
is lying around,
waiting to be
spun into gold.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Travel Journal Ireland


I can imagine being a child,
running down corridors,
hiding in nooks and crannies
scrambling up and down spiral stairways
and scurrying along in dark passageways
to evade pursuers,
be they friends, siblings
or mum calling bath time.
What fun it would be!

Thursday, July 12, 2018