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Dear Friends,

The first issue I sent celebrating the Summer Solstice in 2012 featured my photograph of Stonehenge and a haiku I wrote honoring Ireland's first poet, Amergin.  One of my favorite issues, I wanted to share it again, especially with the many new subscribers who have just recently found A VISION AND A VERSE.

Amergin's verses, said to be the first verses made in Ireland, are often considered incantations, rather than poems.  Their alliterative chain-verse structure is song-like, usually containing a poet's "boast".  I've written two new haiku and a closer in addition to the haiku I originally wrote. I hope these additions give you a better feeling for this ancient bardic form. 

To all of you, it is an honor to be invited into your in-boxes; I'm continually heartened and inspired by your responses!

Welcome to the height of summer!

 



Summer Solstice - June 20, 2021



Amergin asked me:
Who is a tear from the sun?
I'm Midsummer's eye!

Amergin asked me:
Who carries blood from a stone?
I'm Ancestors' song!

Amergin asked me:
Who creates your soul's fire?
I'm creation's spark!

Who but I, who have been all?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once handed out on street corners, it seemed right to update the broadside* form for our electronic age's street corner - the web. Welcome to A VISION AND A VERSE, an e-Broadside. Four to six times a year, I'll showcase a featured image and poem of mine, matching them on a seasonal or timely theme.

A seasonal celebration and a sharing of my creative process, I hope you'll want to subscribe to future issues. Click here for a free subscription

Margaret McCarthy

*A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. Today, broadside printing is done by many smaller printers and publishers as a fine art variant, with poems often being available as broadsides, intended to be framed and hung on the wall.
-From Wikipedia