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The Call of the Emerald Isle

A story of Hiraeth

Photo by Saad Chaudhry on Unsplash

I sing of ye and praise ye
O’ land of me heart — from broken shores
to misty coves and forested gleanns

I trace me own family back, back to thee
to the House of Burke — long, long ago
when the Anglo-Normans dwelt within

I breathe in yer calming winds
deep into me lungs — yer emerald waves
bathe me ’til me rebirth is done

N’er have me feet walked upon this land
but me ears hear yer whispering calls
“Come home, come home — Éirinn go Brách”

©2020 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

Note: Some of this is information my sister has traced through our Genealogy.

As a child, I grew up hearing the stories of my family’s trek from Ireland to Canada in the late 1700s to early 1800s, and then they moved down through the Blue Ridge Mountains to settle in West Virginia and Virginia. Those early family settlers were fur trappers until some moved south. Later, some would-be coal miners and loggers. Eventually, the name changed from Burke used in Canada (de Burgh in western Ireland)to Burks as my Irish ancestors shook off their Irish-ness to avoid the stigma of the poorer Irish who ventured to America during the Great Famine in Ireland in the mid-1840s.

Even though I also have English, German and Cherokee blood, it is my Irish blood that calls to me the most. My heart longs for Ireland. My feet itch to walk the cobbled streets, the rocky cliffs, and the lush forests. Two areas call to me the most — the village of Adare and the Aran Islands. Perhaps my ancient ancestors dwelt in those areas. Although my name is of Anglo-Norman ancestry, I feel Gaelic/Celtic blood coursing through me and I’ve always been interested in the Gaels/Celts.

Thanks to Elisabeth Khan for this challenge — Hiraeth:

She has asked us to invite 5 other writers to join this challenge by writing a poem, story, or essay on our chosen word.

I invite James G Brennan, Pierre Trudel, Eli Snow, Amy Marley and Charlotte Zobeir Ali to write on the Latin phrase — Carpe Diem (Seize the Day).

Feel free to post this in whatever publication that accepts such things, or join us here at Literary Impulse to post it. Please be sure to link back to Elisabeth’s challenge and tag me. Thanks!

Lori Carlson writes poetry, fiction, articles, creative non-fiction and personal essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, and the LGBTQ+ community. Check out her personal Medium blog — Ravyne’s Nest.

Editorial Note- This piece is a submission for our ongoing theme-based event as mentioned above.

The best of these will be selected on 25th September and featured on our website(https://www.literaryimpulse.com/). And also as an Amazon Book.



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Writing Coach, Poet, Fiction Writer, Essayist, Artist, Dreamer | “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the Ocean” ~Thich Nhat Hanh