IRELAND The Bracelet from Vintagemomcreations



by Patrick MacGill
(1890- )
from 1000 years of Irish Poetry

I speak with a proud tongue of the people who were
And the people who are,
The worthy of Ardara, the Rosses and Inishkeel,
My kindred-
The people of the hills and the dark-haired passes
My neighbours on the lift of the brae,
In the lap of the valley.
To them Slainthé!

I speak of the old men,
The wrinkle-rutted,
Who dodder about foot-weary –
For their day is as the day that has been and is no more –
Who warm their feet by the fire,
And recall memories of the times that are gone;
Who kneel in the lamplight and pray
For the peace that has been theirs –
And who beat one dry-veined hand against another
Even in the sun-
For the coldness of death is on them.

I speak of the old women
Who danced to yesterday’s fiddle
And dance no longer.
They sit in a quiet place and dream
And see visions
Of what is to come,
Of their issue,
Which has blossomed to manhood and womanhood –
And seeing thus
They are happy
For the day that was leaves no regrets,
And peace is theirs
And perfection.

I speak of the strong men
Who shoulder their burdens in the hot day,
Who stand on the market-place
And bargain in loud voices,
Showing their stock to the world.
Straight the glance of their eyes –
Under their feet the holms blossom,
The harvest yields.
The their path is of prosperity.

I speak of the women,
Strong hipped, full-bosomed,
Who drive the cattle to graze at dawn,
Who milk the cows at dusk.
Grace in their homes,
And in the crowded ways
Modest and seemly –
Mother of children!

I speak of the children
Of the many townlands,
Blossoms of the Bogland,
Flowers of the Valley,
Who know not yesterday, nor to-morrow,
And are happy,
The pride of those who have begot them.

And thus it is,
Every and always,
In Ardara, the Rosses and Inishkeel –
Here, as elsewhere,
The Weak, the Strong, and the Blossoming –
And thus my kindred.

To them Slainthé!

Fresh water pearls, malachite and a gem that is freezing my mind ( I can’t remember!) all dance along this three strand bracelet. Finished off with a simple hook and eye clasp and a sterling silver hand-wrapped dangle. This is my tribute to Ireland’s flag, and a beauty it is if I say so myself!
Bracelet measures about 8 inches. ( I wear a 7 and 1/2 but this still dangles WONDERFULLY!)

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. shinejewelry
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 08:22:45

    wow, vintage! beautiful bracelet and a lovely combination of colors:)


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