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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, now living in Cheshire, England. I started writing poetry eight years ago, as a hobby. I have enjoyed that new venture very much. My preferences are for long and micro-form poetry styles. A first book of poetry ~ Reason Without Rhyme, was published in December 2013. A second book ~ Fifty Seven Pebbles, was published in September 2015...I am presently compiling the content for my third book. Thank you for visiting my Blog which is regularly updated. COPYRIGHT: The entire copyright and content of this Blog belongs to the author Eileen T O'Neill. Nothing should be copied, reproduced or hosted as per RSS feed by any other party. {This particularly applies to the USA company Feedspot.com} Header Photograph: Ballycastle Beach, County Antrim, Northern Ireland...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

How To....

See the positives in emptiness,
Enjoy the freedom of the space.
Listen to sounds found in silence,
An emollient to ease cacophonies.
Traces of spilt milk or salty tears,
Are cleaned and soothed with time.
Rain drops caught in a stormy sweep,
Eventually cease in relieved calmness.
Feeling lost is not always detrimental,
Being found is a reward for the journey.
Small faltering footsteps take their time,
Achievements are welcomed upon arrival.
Beyond any limitations sensed by this day,
Is the consideration of sharing the morrow.
Life may offer a convoluted pathway of tricks,
Unravelling those wherefores is living in itself.

©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 26/11/2014
Poetry Jam Prompt: ‘How To….’


  1. The marrow is a special treat indeed.

  2. I like the idea that 'feeling lost is not always detrimental,' as feeling lost so often DOES lead to being found....and though life sometimes offers a 'convoluted pathway of tricks' it seems eventually we do end up in the place we were meant to be!

  3. The idea of listening to 'sounds found in silence' rather than the sounds chosen for us is appealing. And I agree seeing the positives in emptiness takes time.

  4. You've articulated some very wise precepts for living life, and struck a lovely balance between acceptance, thoughtful introspection and maintaining a positive attitude. A thought provoking piece.

  5. I agree with Wendy a very thought provoking piece

  6. to a person who sees positives in emptiness this journey of life itself is a reward, every moment is enriching...much food for thought here Eileen :)

  7. Loved it ... your poem has that beautiful optimism in it.

  8. ha. being found is def a fun part of the process....and a good side of being lost....and the unraveling is def part of the living...ha.

  9. The morrow always brings something new, and often better.

  10. How to live is the hardest thing to learn to do well. If we only took the time to stop, look within like your poem suggests, Eileen, we would all be so much better off...


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