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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...

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Weatherly Ways....

It’s not always sweetness and sunny life living,
Occasionally clouds swathe one’s moodiness.
Rock bottom has been hard hit and experienced,
Down and out without the glimmer of any escape.
Harmony and Hope are villages with optimistic tags,
Fortune shines on one, while the other slowly decays.
Black dogs are frequent visitors to vulnerable souls,
Weakened demeanours are backed into darker corners.
Closed shutters keep the daily bustle of living at odds,
Foggy minds retreat beyond their pinhead eyes of fear.
Sheltering within and about only themselves for safety,
Doom laden woes bear weighty pressures upon moods.
A severe sadness consumes any modicum of positivity,
Curtains drawn back review the outlook with a new dawn.
Shards of early sunshine implore efforts and nervous hearts,
Shadows cast themselves upon the mercies of the beholders.
Warmth absorbed by an upward facing fear slowly unwinds,
A mellower mode raises itself from that place of foreboding.

©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 19/03/2015
Poets United Mid-Week Motif: ‘The Sun.’…


  1. Hello Eileen,

    I love your work! Its remarkable. I m inspired.


  2. "It’s not always sweetness and sunny life living," a great truth is this...yet after the long dark night comes the 'new dawn'...'Shadows cast themselves upon the mercies of the beholders.'...this is my favorite line...

  3. A strong take on the emotional ups and downs.

  4. "Harmony and Hope are villages with optimistic tags" Incredible image, just a piece of this lovely, thoughtful poem.

  5. Deep observation/diving in the nature of emotions and thoughts.... ' clouds swathe one’s moodiness' ~ love the metaphor....~ It feels better when for one negative thought we can immediately to recognize and be grateful for something positive in 'now' moment....then sadness dissolve... ~ Peaceful weekend to you x

  6. This reminds me of the eclipse...half light..half dark..sometimes cloudy to define either..the villages of Hope and Harmony what a wonderful thought - is it a place or a feeling? Beautiful piece

  7. Lovely writing Eileen. I could relate entirely to your words about our moods, our sadness and how a new dawn can bring hope. This is such a smooth, mellow poem. I enjoyed it so much.

  8. Enjoyed reading, eileen!! The concluding lines say it all...fantastic!! Very positive...

  9. Life can have its ups and downs as you so wonderfully expressed here in your poem .. bravo!

    Happy and blessed spring to you and yours.
    It was truly the most beautiful spring day here and I enjoyed it immensely!

    Take care xx

  10. The more of these sun-prompted-poems I read, the more I realise how many of our inner lives are connected to the sun's appearance. 'Shards of early sunshine' are often encouragement to me too!


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