I’m leaving for the next few days for a trip to Northern Ireland. I’ll be back here on the 22nd, after I finish my work.

In this poem, I took the phrases that appear in bold type from various websites and added my own words in between. This exercise sort of/kind of came from a book of poetry exercises called “Wingbeats.”

What are they planning
for five days in Belfast?
The political situation has improved substantially since the days of The Troubles.
Such a quaint name for such violence.
“Create your perfect day out,”
the website says. In spring the fields will be full of
flax flowers,
bright blue in a land known for green.

Northern Ireland is complex,
as is the issue of citizenship and identity.

We will visit the grave of St. Patrick,
a saint for all seasons.
You can impress Catholics and Protestants (probably not at the same time).
So raise your glass, laugh heartily, say nothing.
They only turn around when they like
what they hear and wish to declare an interest.

Think not on the disaster that precipitated your trip.
Titanic is a globally recognised brand.
Keep your eyes open for
spooks are undermining peace in Northern Ireland.
But MAKE no mistake about it
you are going.


  1. I’m so excited for you! Have a wonderful trip. Keep a journal or post every day! You will bless us all!

  2. Ah, and methinks a sweet little trip it shall be, dear Megan. Enjoy! (In between travel fatigue, work stress, and the strangeness of a new place – find small things to celebrate. I know you will.)

  3. This is exquisite! It reminds me of the art/poetry project we did at Laity Lodge where we used lines from the pages of old books. You are so fun. I think I want to try this.

  4. Oh, and, I forgot to say: Norther Ireland!? Wow. Traveling mercies, Megan. Have a wonderful time.

  5. Have an amazing trip — I haven’t been to Ireland in years and envy your visit!

    I love the poem — and the exercise. Blessings on a safe and productive journey.


  6. I need to try this.

    Have a wonderful trip and take lots of pictures and lots of notes. My love and prayers go with you.

  7. This was a fun read, Megan. Have a great time there – you’ll have to tell us all about it!

  8. charitysingleton says

    Megan – I missed your trip, and now you are back. I hope you had a great time.