Category Archives: History

WB Yeats – Happy Birthday

William Butler Yeats was born on 13th June 1865 in 5, Sandymount Avenue, south Dublin, the eldest of four children. Ireland’s greatest poet was one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre, a leading member of the Irish Literary Revival, a Senator in the new Irish Free State and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.  (I will arise is dedicated to the great man.)

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I will arise

 

I will arise and go now, to the big shop

A place long-closed and almost forgotten

After such strange effort, my goodies I drop

Please don’t break, the eggs I’ve just gotten

 

It was fun being there, the place was right stuffed

Crowds gathered for ages, talking bargains galore

Anticipation finally over, we pushed and huffed

So much dizzy excitement, never once a chore

 

I will arise and go now, be sure to make it count

The place looking lovely, under a cloudless sky

The haggling was tough, but I got a dis-count

After such a busy day, time for bye-bye!

 

Don Cameron 2020

 

Bust of WB Yeats in Sandymount Green, Dublin

Bust of WB Yeats in Sandymount Green, Dublin

 

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Sunday Poem – No. 2 ‘It ain’t over’

The danger is too close so do not look away
It’s dancing among us just waiting to pounce
We must be very careful all night and all day

Medics are working hard this pest to trounce
Good behaviour and habits are vital to be
Pay attention all the time and do not flounce

Reopening’s a blessing for long walks by the sea
With family and friends to meet and be near
Long dimmed pleasure now bringing such glee

Do not let up now and we can be rid of the fear
Dismiss this menace so we can once again hope
For the life we want and hold onto so dear

Never forget those who sadly no longer cope
Remember to be positive, that is your scope

Don Cameron 2020

Oh to be beside the sea...

Oh to be, beside the sea…

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Sunday Poem – No. 1 ‘The Struggle’

I shall compare thee to a pain in the head
Killing silently, softly, be it day or night
You’re everywhere, filling the world with dread
So small and lethal, hiding in plain sight

It’s life and death, as we struggle to move
Taking great strain for us just to be
Chemists and scientists at work to prove
Your days are numbered, soon you’ll see

The spirit is strong and wanting to stay
So much trouble now making it fierce
The sunlight is rising and coming your way
When we will finally, your web to pierce

We will overcome the dark and fatal sting
Beating you the pest and comfort bring

Don Cameron 2020

 

Into the light...

Into the light…

 

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Limerick-a-Day: No. 60

A little piece, written in strange times. My daily limericks were written in response to Covid-19, the restrictions put in place and their effect on everyday life. Now, as the restrictions have  been relaxed I feel today’s poem will be the last in the series. Many thanks to all of you  who have read them and offered such warm encouragement, something for which I will be forever grateful. Stay Safe!


Music, lovely music has been a friend
In these strange days, without an end
Listen and ponder
Of what lies yonder
Better times with, no need to pretend

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Limerick – what’s it all about?

It’s only five lines, no words to waste
So let’s begin, as we must make haste
The idea to rhyme
Time after time
The rhythm is good, a limerick’s fine taste

Don Cameron 2020

 

Food for thought...

Food for thought…

 

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Limerick-a-Day: No. 59

A little piece, written in strange times


‘TV is nothing, there’s no sport to see’
Said a friend isolating, unhappy to be
No ‘Match of the Day’
No decisions to sway
Reopening a blessing, for him and me

Don Cameron 2020

Front row seat....

Front row seat….

 

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Limerick-a-Day: No. 58

A little piece, written in strange times


Mowers, strimmers, in the gardens abuzz
A change from the silence, it certainly does
No haircut since Lent
Its state I repent
Must get my barber, to deal with this fuzz

Don Cameron 2020

Out of control...

Out of control…

 

 

 

 

 

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Limerick-a-Day: No. 57

A little piece, written in strange times


A gentle breeze, blew in from the sea
Its cool air tangy, filling with glee
A coffee is fine
Just like old time
B’fore a big ice cream, was handed to me

Don Cameron 2020

Now, that's a big ice cream

Now, that’s a big ice cream

 

 

 

 

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Limerick-a-Day: No. 55

A little piece, written in strange times


Wearing a mask, is now quite the thing
Nice and easy, for the protection they bring
In team colours so bright
What a wonderful sight
Just made my own, now where’s that string

Don Cameron 2020

Smile...it's contagious

Smile…it’s contagious

 

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Limerick-a-Day: No. 54

A little piece, written in strange times


The enemy is bad, and highly contagious
Spreading like fire, simply outrageous
Let’s keep it at bay
Help chase it away
And like the frontliners, be ever courageous

Don Cameron 2020

Hold on...don't stop now

Hold on…don’t stop now

 

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Lmerick-a-Day: No. 52

A little piece, written in strange times


After weeks of restrictions, what shall we do?
Exhale slowly, saying thanks to get through
We are certain of nil
Now it’s time to instil
New routines and habits, for both me and you

Don Cameron 2020

Into the blue...

Into the blue…

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