Bette Tomlinson wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Dec 1996, Jean Wright-Popescul wrote:
> > Written in honor of Colum Cille's birthday - December 7.
>Here is a poem ascribed to Colum Cille. (Next year is
> the 1400 anniversary of his death. Wish that I could be at Iona for
> Thanks Bette.
I hope that I can get to Iona myself. There is a group heading over from here (Nova
Scotia), but I think I would rather go alone. Iona is a state of mind as well as a
place - so intensely spiritual and private.
My dad was over last year and is painting his own vision of the abbey now, which says
something in itself, because he is strictly a marine artist.
Earlier this fall, we went to Iona, in Cape Breton and photographed the area, which
includes a church named for St. Columba. Cape Breton's Iona is as beautiful and
Scotland's, and there are similarities, so he is painting that as well - and doing both
I hope to make prints of both for the 1400 anniversary. If this does indeed happen, I'll
put them on the website so you can seeor yourself.
Mise le meas,
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> On some island I long to be,
> a rocky promontory, looking on
> the coiling surface of the sea.
> To see the waves, crest on crest
> of the great shining ocean, composing
> a hymn to the creator, without rest.
> To see without sadness the strand
> lined with bright shells, and birds
> lamenting overhead, a lonely sound.
> To hear the whisper of small waves
> against the rocks, that endless sea-
> sound, like keening over graves.
> To watch the sea-birds sailing
> in flocks, and most marvellous
> of monsters, the turning whale.
> To see the shift from ebbtide
> to flood and tell my secret name:
> 'He who set his back on Ireland.'
> Clamour of the wind making music
> in the elms:
> Gurgle of the startled blackbird
> clapping its wings.
> I have lost the three places
> I loved best:
> Durrow, Derry's ledge of angels,
> my native parish.
> I have loved the land of Ireland
> almost beyond speech;
> to sleep at Comgall's, to visit Canice,
> it would be pleasant!
> Version: John Montague