…thy voice speaks to me.

Rolling hills of green
ancient Celtic cross
sixth century monastic ruins.

Paths echo medieval prayer
parlay murmurs of buried souls
stones tipped and etched by time.

I tread lightly through hallowed ground
savor the quiet of this place.
Glendalough, thou art a soothing song.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Mish prompts us to write of an abstract thing (I chose serenity) using sensory description. Photos: Glendalough, Ireland, the valley of the two lakes renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. We opted for an excursion that took us into the countryside, outside of Dublin, rather than a city or pub tour. This is a truly beautiful and mystical place.

18 thoughts on “Glendalough…

    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:09 am

      It was an amazing trip! And now, it feels great to be home with my mornng cup of hot steaming coffee, reading and writing again. 🙂


  1. Bev May 17, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    My favorite reads are of ancient Ireland and Scotland. What magical places. If only the old castles could talk! Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts and photos.

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    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:12 am

      Have been to Edinburgh for a day and loved it. Our Ireland/Iceland cruise was amazing. And we especially found Glendalough a mystical and beautiful place. Next post, Gaze on the Flowers, includes a photo from the gardens in the village of Blarney — where the tower is that holds the Blarney Stone. We opted to not stay in the que to kiss the Blarney Stone and instead spent two hours roaming the beautiful grounds on this estate. The Ireland countryside is gorgeous!


    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:13 am

      Glendalough was truly serene and beautiful. Loved this excursion on our Ireland/Iceland cruise.

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    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:16 am

      Thanks, Mish. What a wonderful month + long trip we had. Glendalough was indeed a very special place. I originally named this poem Serenity but had so much trouble posting it so had to change the title. Glad now to be home and back to my early morning writing and reading. I did find it difficult to write while traveling — and very very hard to post when on cruises!


    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:17 am

      Glad you enjoyed. It was a serene and beautiful place to wander. The Irish countryside is stunning!

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    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:19 am

      Oh yes. I originally named the poem Serenity but had a lot of trouble posting it from the ship (we were on 3 back-to-back cruises) — and I had another post named serentiy from quite some time ago. So had to go in and change the title to Glendalough. So I do indeed agree with you…and the title and word serenity fit better with the prompt. Oh well…Back home now into my special early morning time of writing and reading. Wonderful trip and also glad to be home.

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  2. sanaarizvi May 19, 2017 / 3:29 am

    Such a wonderfully atmospheric write!❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian May 22, 2017 / 6:19 am

      Thank you, Sanaa. Glendalough was magical!


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