‘A Felt Relinquishing’ ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 365

As the door closes on 2013, I can think of no better way to wish you a Happy New Year than through this poem from one of my all-time favourite Irish poets:

Let It Go


Brendan Kennelly

Let it go

Out of reach, out of sight,

Out of the door and the window,

Through the city,

Over the mountains

And the sea.

I do not mean a mere escape,

A deliberate loosening

Of a brutal grip

Like that of church on soul,

Father on son

Or even love on the lover’s beautiful

Surrender to the dear pain,

Or any sin or sickness that could

Swallow a man.

I mean a different thing

Beyond desire to acquire or captivate,

A felt relinquishing

Such as can be seen

When the air yields to the bird

Or the green

Trunk of a tree surrenders

To the tactful advance of moss

Or when the river stirs

Its surface

To accept a drifting stick.

I feel such courtesy

When I let it go

From me to countries

I will never know

And I stand, hoping to discern

Its breath in my heart

At its return.


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 sense of place.

11 thoughts on “‘A Felt Relinquishing’ ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 365”

  1. Happy New Year Jean, looking forward to your return in Feb. enjoy your break. Like Safia in a another post I only discovered your blog quite recently and enjoy it very much. I only realised today at no 365 why you were numbering them ! I am a bit slow on the uptake you know :). Well done its quite an achievement and you deserve your break. All the best for 2014 see you at Garrarus. Fantastic waves today but I couldn’t take pics as there was too much of the ‘enchanted sea mist’ 🙂

    1. Liam, thrilled to hear from you and thanks for your good wishes. I hope 2014 is a happy and healthy one for you too.
      Oh, I intend to spend a lot of time in Garrarus whatever the weather. That ‘enchanted sea mist’ is very alluring! Talk soon, I hope. j

  2. This is a perfect poem to end the year! May your new year be healthy, and full of joy, peace and new opportunities, Jean. I look forward to your continued posts, so full of wisdom and warmth! Happy New Year, my friend!

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