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The Bridge on Glendermackin by Paul Hewer (16/11/21)

Paul Hewer MIACP shares his poem with us as part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations, we're inviting content submissions from members. Paul Hewer MIACP shares his poem with us as part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Paul Hewer has worked 21 years in social care and is a student therapist. He joined the Mullingar Scribblers group several years ago, writing mainly poetry and songs. Paul is originally from the Cumbrian Lake District.


The Bridge on Glendermackin

 

Flowers know the way

Always finding the best path home

Growing through earth's fractured spaces.

 

Three brothers came to the village

Over the mountain with Glendermackin

Pit gear on a donkey.

 

This is fathers’ landscape not mine

He was the bridge to these ancestors

But that has gone now.

 

Blencathra was his grandmother

Only he knew her by another name*

And I never really knew him.

 

He knew every well and wall in the parish

And every country with a port

But somehow he was lost.

 

Always on the outside waiting

Sitting on the front step

To come in, to come home.

 

Standing by the forever stone

With a lantern’s brightness

I sing you back to your bones.

 

Come back from where you’re lost

And grow whole again

Like the sunflower.

*Saddleback

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