The dawning of March brings heightened anticipation of Waterford Writers’ Weekend which takes place from March 21st-24th. This year’s line-up of readings, workshops and events is akin to all the spring buds just bursting to reveal their fresh colours, creativity and inspiration.
The spirit of Sean Dunne ( 1956-1995), arguably Waterford’s greatest ever poet, is fundamental to the Writers’ Weekend and I would like to bring you one of his poems which I particularly love:
King of Sunday, guard the wells
and streams. Preserve the woods.
King of Monday, guard the cry
of corncrakes in the mown meadow.
King of Tuesday, let live the frail
petals in limestone landscapes.
King of Wednesday, spare the thin
grass where herds of reindeer feed.
King of Thursday, care for the low
cries of field mice after harvest.
King of Friday, care for the surge
of salmon beneath a Corrib bridge.
King of Saturday, attend the birds:
oiled wings flapping; their clogged throats.
from Collected: Sean Dunne (2005) Gallery Press