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A day at Ballybunion beach, a Poem

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Ballybunion beach, county Kerry, Ireland
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

One day last summer while I was walking along the beach at Ballybunion,county Kerry, I was trying to think of words that gave a sense of this place , so I jotted down the following word list for a poem, but I feel its a poem as it is.

Ballybunion beach

cool air, sound of sea birds, fresh breeze,
people walking, dogs running, cold swimmers, children shouting,
Waves rolling, people eating, chatting, talking, cliffs casting shadows,

Old castle walls dominating, caves temping you to explore,
Posters offering family photographs, lunch time meals and places to shop,
Restful moments , capturing views,

Old people pottering, memories of traditions past,
Time dragging to a stop, mind slowing,

Families gathering, men managing, car doors shutting, keys locking, after parking,
deep breaths taken, locations chosen, bags unpacked,
People now sitting, grannies talking, best instructions, suggestions given,

Steps taken, shoes in hand,
Temperature falling, evening calling, holiday homes inviting,
Beach clearing, winds rising, cold setting in,
Sea birds return, dogs last walk of the day
Night fisher man setting lines, day over

Peace and nature returning, tide rising,
On Ballybunion beach.

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21 responses

  1. Vicki

    You’re right Nigel.
    The words are just perfect.

    April 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    • Hello Vicki πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very pleased you liked them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  2. Beautiful post Nigel – poetry both in words and images. That first photo is truly spectacular!

    April 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you !!!!

      Very pleased that you liked the post !!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  3. Lovely post, Nigel. I like your poem very much and the first photo especially with the people and their shadows is beautiful.

    April 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    • Hello Anita πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very happy that you enjoyed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

  4. Cynthia

    You create a wonderful picture with your words.

    April 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    • Hello Cythia πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very happy you like the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm

  5. great poem, and pictures.

    April 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  6. Perfect!

    April 7, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    • Hello Rene πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

  7. Haven’t been there since I was 13 or 14 ( quite a few years ago!). Remember looking down onto the beach from the golf course. Love the first shot, spectacular in its simplicity and wonderful composition.

    April 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    • Hello Adrian πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , I hope you have good memories of the course πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm

  8. poppytump

    You’ve summed it up Nigel ! Lovely reminiscing thoughts for me … thank you .

    April 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    • Hello Poppy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      That’s great , it was some of my own memories that came back to me on the day , so its great you made your own links too !! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Very pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2014 at 11:28 pm

  9. Sometimes the best poems are the thoughts that tumble from our mind right to paper………..

    These were perfect.

    Lovely images, too.

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    April 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ very pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚

      I think since I started blogging and learning so much from other peoples blogs, its freed me up so much and allowed me to be more expressive πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ , I love quick word lists it really can surprise you sometimes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Great comment Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you !!!

      April 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      • πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        April 9, 2014 at 2:27 am

  10. What a wonderful post. I have fond memories of Ballybunion beach. Thanks for bringing back a vision of wonderful memories from the past.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:53 am

  11. Classy!

    April 10, 2014 at 4:18 am

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