Join us for an intimate evening around the fireside in our bookshop upstairs at 94 Lower Georges St., for an evening of readings and discussion with poet/author and great friend of the museum, Martin Swords. Time 8pm. Thursday 22nd February 2018. Refreshments will be served from 7.30pm.
Greetings Friends, Poets and other enthusiasts, here I am back with something of an experiment.
I put together a series of Poems and Stories called Kathleen’s Child, about my growing up in Ireland.
I called it “Kathleen’s Child – a collection of Poems, and Things That Should Have Been Said. By Martin Swords.”
We then turned it into a video presentation using family photos and other pictures to bring it all alive.
You don’t have to be Irish to get it – but it helps if you know something of Irish Life and changing times in Ireland.
Perhaps it will inspire other Poets and Writers to record their views, memories and treasured recollections in this way for others to share.
At seven, all a wonder.
The boy with his Aunt Kathleen
snug in bed, stone hot water
bottle in its blanket, keeping
October frost outside.
Streetlight shines through net curtains
casting paisley patterns on the wall.
Moving. Changing with the breeze,
their own picture show.
Talking about the big wide world.
Tales of the Galapagos.
Exploring Easter Island
and the Pyramids.
He knew the Orinoco and the Nile.
Wide eyed wonders she told
from borrowed library books
Eyes wide opened never closed.
Thirty years later she told him
She was his mother.
It made sense.
Martin Swords June 2002
Martin Swords – Kathleen’s Child
“A Collection of Poems, and Things That Should Have Been Said..
By Martin Swords”