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A Time For Reflection | PR Ireland

As we all consider unboxing the future and returning to work after life in lock down, how were the past few weeks for you? Challenging I bet.

Here are some thoughts from a very good friend of ours who spends more time in Kerry now than in Dublin. Apart from his gifts as a renowned Irish poet, we always enjoy his sense of humour and fun.

Brendan described himself to us once, “As a fat poet who writes thin poems.” Recently on radio, broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh chose this poem to recite and capture the mood of a nation experiencing COVID19 and the tragic fall out.

In a sense, it might capture where we have been, what we have gone through and what we are about to expect.

We hope you enjoy this poem. Brendan Kennelly, you’re a genius.



Begin again to the summoning birds

to the sight of the light at the window,

begin to the roar of morning traffic

all along Pembroke Road.

Every beginning is a promise

born in light and dying in dark

determination and exaltation of springtime

flowering the way to work.

Begin to the pageant of queuing girls

the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal

bridges linking the past and future

old friends passing though with us still.

Begin to the loneliness that cannot end

since it perhaps is what makes us begin,

begin to wonder at unknown faces

at crying birds in the sudden rain

at branches stark in the willing sunlight

at seagulls foraging for bread

at couples sharing a sunny secret

alone together while making good.

Though we live in a world that dreams of ending

that always seems about to give in

something that will not acknowledge conclusion

insists that we forever begin.


— From The Essential Brendan Kennelly


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