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Road To Cushendall

by poemsgalore 

Posted: 13 April 2003
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The Road To Cushendall

Where Antrim's mountains rise and fall
down towards the grey stone wall,
there the sea mist casts its pall
along the road to Cushendall.
Upon the rocks and crags so bare,
wild long grasses here and there
catch the wind like mermaid's hair
as it blows down to Cushendall.
Where the dark hills slope and lean
towards the gentle vale of green,
here the sea spray falls like rain
upon the road to Cushendall.
Beyond the shores of reddish clay
and out across the peaceful bay,
the purple hills of Scotland lay
looking down to Cushendall.
Beneath the Red Arch hewn from stone,
a weary traveller all alone
along the coast road leading home,
riding down to Cushendall.
Promise we will walk again
along the pleasant winding lane
that stretches out across the plain
when I return to Cushendall.


Kathleen Thorpe

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Hendrix at 21:03 on 13 April 2003  Report this post
Beautifully composed and tranquil.

Lauren Paige

James Graham at 19:16 on 15 April 2003  Report this post
I agree with Lauren on this poem. It's very traditional, both in subject and form, but it works well because there's never any sense that the rhyme is forced, and the language is direct and simple - almost without figurative elements. A fine lyric that conveys a visual sense of detail, and clearly a love of the place too.


roger at 19:39 on 15 April 2003  Report this post
Another agreement with Lauren (she obviously knows what she's talking about if two of us agree with her!) - I'm not really into poems, but this one conjured up relaxing, tranquil (sorry, Lauren for stealing the word, but it was just the right one)scenes that I could see and enjoy. Lovely.

llydstp at 11:47 on 16 April 2003  Report this post
I like the way that 'Cushendall' interrupts the rhyming pattern every fourth line - no wonder Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shallott' kept sneaking into my mind as I read it.

poemsgalore at 18:30 on 16 April 2003  Report this post
Thanks for all the lovely comments, very encouraging and it's strange you should mention "Lady Of Shallott" it's my all time favourite poem and influences a lot of my work.

Rai15 at 19:54 on 18 April 2003  Report this post
This poem creates a beautiful image in my mind, and throughout the poem it is constant. A brilliant peice of writting.

degas at 20:24 on 12 October 2003  Report this post
hey Kathleen!
judging by your name ,you may have connections to this beautiful corner of the world
I have visited Cushendall frequently since boyhood
I am from Belfast and my father is an artist I inherited his complete love for "The Antrim Coast"-was there last Sunday.
your poem would lend itself brilliantly to song.reminds me so much of how Percy French wrote about Ireland-superb!

p.s.been to Cushendun and Ballycastle?



poemsgalore at 18:12 on 13 October 2003  Report this post
Just to Larne, Glenarm and Cushendall. A few other villages, but it was over 30 years ago so can't remember their names - a truly beautiful place the Antrim coast. I'm quarter Scots and about one eighth Irish. :-)

degas at 20:02 on 13 October 2003  Report this post
ah that's a pity it is beautiful all the way round to derry city-changed a lot though in thirty years.thank-you for your thoughts on my poem about the omagh tragedy



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