The Irish in America

A Day in the Bog

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Another lovely poem from Seamus Hora: “Just a few memories of a day in the bog…”

A Day in the Bog

The scent of the bacon
From the cast iron pan,
The sweetest of tea
Brewed in the sweet can.

The tiny skylark
Without effort he flew
Soaring and soaring
Disappearing from view.

The hare with ears pricked
Observing the scene,
The corncrake call
From meadows so green.

The curlew cried out
In so many ways;
Indication of weather
For upcoming days

The pealing of church bells
Announced the midday,
Far distant whistle
Said trains on the way.

Just a few memories
Of a day in the bog;
Yes those were the sweetest
The rest was a slog.

Seamus Hora

About the poet…

Seamus Hora was born in Gorthaganny, County Roscommon. He has been employed by same company, Delaneys Ltd in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, for 44 years. He has lived in Ballyhaunis for over 20 years. Seamus is married to Rosaleen and the couple has one daughter, Sandra. Seamus only recently started to write poetry. and he bases his poems on his life experience. He values feedback and would like to hear what people think of his poem…just leave a comment!


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

One thought on “A Day in the Bog

  1. Some update info. Nellie McKormack’s oldest son, Marty, just passed away. He was 83, I think.Bill MarrinDallas, Texas

    From: The Irish in America To: Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016 4:21 PM Subject: [New post] A Day in the Bog #yiv6162077664 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6162077664 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6162077664 a.yiv6162077664primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6162077664 a.yiv6162077664primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6162077664 a.yiv6162077664primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6162077664 a.yiv6162077664primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6162077664 | Aine posted: “Another lovely poem from Seamus Hora: “Just a few memories of a day in the bog…”A Day in the BogThe scent of the baconFrom the cast iron pan,The sweetest of teaBrewed in the sweet can.The tiny skylarkWithout effort he flewSoaring a” | |

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