Saturday, 17 July 2010

Skellig Sunset

Skellig Sunset
© Teresa Kirkpatrick 2010

rose-golden hills in the last rays of sun
wild weather stilled as the day's course is run
two mighty rocks in the wide open sea
Skelligs in silent age-old mystery

cry of the seabird at rest from its flight
prayer of the holy man seeking the light
thanks of the sailor for lighthouse-lens beams:
Skelligs the keepers of hopes, wishes, dreams

Little and Great Skellig: distant they lie
at the edge of the world under wide open sky;
past, present, future, feel time itself cease -
Skelligs unchanging, forever at peace

Teresa Kirkpatrick 2010


  1. I think the painting is wonderful! It brings back happy memories and you've captured how the Skelligs REALLY are - magical and drawing you in (even though they are so far away). I love the poem too 'Skelligs unchanging, forever at peace...'. Beautiful.

  2. Beautiful painting, Teresa! And I love the poem. The Skelligs look and sound like such a peaceful place, I hope one day I'll be lucky enough to be able to visit.

  3. Thanks! we had such a lovely evening when we were last over in Ireland, the colours were gorgeous - really inspiring! the poem grew out of the painting and the memories it evoked. Airwin, if you can get to that part of Ireland one day it will be well worth the trip - it's fabulous!

  4. Lovely little poem! What a picture! Glorious rich colours, a real feeling of sea, wonderful sky and those colours in the heather in the foreground! I didn't appreciate how a sunset could be so COLOURFUL! One of your best efforts I think.