Repetitions of Desire ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 278

Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford
Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford

I was out at Garrarus Beach very early this morning to catch up on my birthday swim which was impossible yesterday because of the storm. There was a lovely sense of calm and cleansing and the seaweed was beautifully autumnal and shapely. All day since, I’ve been thinking of this poem:


As it leaves

the sea inscribes

the sand

with a zen riddle

written in Japanese

characters of seaweed.


the white selves

of seagulls

mesh in repetitions

of desire

(John O’Donohue, from Echoes of Memory)

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

2 thoughts on “Repetitions of Desire ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 278”

  1. This is remarkably beautiful Jean. I really love the idea of capturing a personal picture like this and making such a wonderful connection with John’s poem. Thank you for sharing.

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