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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, 15 April 2015

Changes and Chances....

Life’s pathway and its direction is never rigid,
It toys with our desires and stresses our peace.
Occasionally without prior planning we set out,
Accepting the rewards found and praising luck.
When obstacles obstruct our route we whinge,
And bemoan any stumbling and our misfortunes.
Sometimes there comes a time when we dither,
Commitment can drain enthusiasm beyond repair.
Opportunity beckons towards a brand new sphere,
Fresh chances stretch out like an untouched horizon.
Nervous whirls of discomfort seek to hinder changes,
Zones of known familiarity look invitingly cosy and safe.
Courage is required to bolster decisions of great bravery,
New overtures and altered views enhance life’s journey.

©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 15/04/2015
Poetry Jam Prompt: ‘Sometimes it’s Time.’..


  1. So much truth in your words Eileen. Change is hard but required for growth in life. Hope all is well with you these days. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog. :-)

  2. You always speak real truth in your poetry, Eileen, and make me think. Indeed life's pathway is never rigid. And sometimes we can be surprised at its direction. We definitely have to steer clear of that over-commitment, which is so easy to happen to people in this busy age. We have to keep our eyes on the fresh chances that appear...and, really, we never know when one will. We can embrace them at any age. Smiles.

  3. Like beginnings, all changes are difficult and offer their own challenges therefore they do require courage you are right.
    "Fresh chances stretch out like an untouched horizon" - this is my favorite line in your great poem, Eileen.
    Thank you for the kind words on my blog. I hope to encounter you again at Poets United.

  4. what a treat, human-ness, uncertainty, change change change, the inevitability and us left to cope a potpourri of reality

    have a nice Wednesday Eileen

    much love...

  5. Eileen, you have such a way with words, bringing thoughtful reflections. Nicely done :-)

  6. "It toys with our desires and stresses our peace."...it does...desire is the subtle cause of everything that materializes slowly...for this we sometimes taste the sweet fruit of life and sometimes bitter...there cannot be a journey without desire even a desire less pathway is a desire...life is trapped in it....change is good but with the same outcome...
    Hope to meet you at other sites and enjoy your words Eileen...and lots of thanks for your insightful reflections on my blog...

  7. Love that line Courage is required sometimes all we can do is follow that inner voice and step into life. Love the power in this poem.

  8. Life has many such moments. Well-observed, Eileen.

  9. As, always lots of things to think about in your poem, Eilleen. I went and re-read it as soon as I finished, just to savour some lines again. Good to see you in Poets United!


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