BOOKS AND POETRY TO SHARE
A Book I enjoyed.
This is a Wallander Thriller entitled “An Event In Autumn” by Henning Mankell. Many will be familiar with the T.V programmes entitled “ Wallander”. After reading “QuickSands” by Mankell which is his reflection on his own life after he knew he had an incurable illness I realised that his writing is full of insight, creativity and humour. When I came to read “An Event in Autumn” I experienced the same joy and enthusiasm. I hope you will agree if you read it.
Sister Mary Cluderay
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IN ORDER TO LIVE
WALKING ON THE PASTURES OF WONDER
John O'Donohue in conversation with John Quinn
This is a collection of radio conversations and material from John O'Donohue's works. It is beautifully written, and rich in deep insights. A book which is certainly 'a must' for lovers of 'Anam Cara' and other writings of John O'Donohue.
Sister Tess Rynn
The Innocents of Aleppo
War-torn cities lie in ruins
Children gather in frightened groups
Bombs whistle and drones find targets
Blasting to pieces the dreams of peace
Pictures of tragedy fill the screens
From the newsreels of grief
And the disasters of war
Cold and afraid in the snow-laden streets
Small children whimper, their eyes deep pools of fear
Young lives know no other existence
Than this daily hell of destruction and grief
War fought by adults, gaining inches of land
While children hide in shadows
Clinging hand in hand
To another day
Margaret Rose Bradley SND
The Ice Queen and the Winter Spirit
Encase the earth in their thrall;
Waters still, and leaves hang limp
Their earlier sap absorbed by the chill.
In charge of the earth in the coldest of blasts
The two rulers move in an icy sheen
Freezing the land from its autumn glory
Into their kingdom of stillness and power.
Animals small hide in the trees, clutching the branches
As they scamper along.
While hidden in the warmth of the depths of earth
Other creatures rest from their frenzied harvest foraging
Keeping stores of nourishment for the winter cold.
In powerful harmony the Winter Spirit and the Ice Queen
Cover the land with their icy chill
Adding beauty as they travel - a spider's web,
Frozen in its lacy pattern; twisted solitary leaves
Beautified by their frozen touch, and rippled patterns
Encased in the frozen ponds and small pools.
This silent majestic beauty of Winter created by Winter Spirits
Shows a world of hidden beauties, captured in cold icy days;
As days lengthen and the winter sun grows less cold,
Winter Spirits now slowly fade, their task complete.
Margaret Rose Bradley SND