Thursday, April 15, 2021

Jim o the Mill

 15th April

Day 15 of NaPoWriMo

For a dear friend who died last year

Jim O The Mill

You are with me, this morning

 in my mediation,

You, dressed in purple, pink and red, 

fire flames dance daintily or your face.

Diamond stars sparkle below your ears.

Your smile, warm, welcome, a comforting, 

good to see you, dear friend . 

"tell me more," you whisper 

"about the Ireland trip, 

More about trad evenings." 

You have a soft spot for all things Celtic.
Fine, let me tell you of  Jim o the Mill,

An old farmhouse cottage, thatched, hidden,

in Upperchurch,

along a boreen, way up the mountains

Outside the house- balloons, lanterns, lights,

Colourful, like Christmas.

Cars line the lanes, fill the fields. 

Musicians gather, carry instruments, eager to play

you'd  like that, with your love of music,

Shall I go on? 

Crowds greet, hug,  like it’s a family affair.

 But many are travellers who’ve come from afar

Africa, America, Germany, even Bulgaria. 
World renowned is farmer Jim.

 A  micro bar, 

 size of a tiny parlour,
open only Thursdays

Serves Guinness,  Cola,  Irish whiskey.

We’re fond of a Guinness,

silky,  smooth  goodness

The evening begins,

 music, storytelling, poetry,

 fill three small rooms. 

Bodies squeeze together,
sit on benches,  dirt floor,  perch on stairs. 

We are in the room with my cousin,

Kathleen, with her fiddle. 

A lad , maybe  ten, with accordion, 

and a head of curly, red hair,

An American with his guitar. 

 One begins to play a tune,

 others join in, 

even if they’ve never heard it.

 This is an Irish  ramble,

 all welcome.

Anyone can play their instrument,

 sing, recite poetry,  or tell a story.

 I look around,  savour the atmosphere,

You’d love it,  

 the fire in the open hearth 

gives off a soft glow,

lifts the spirit, 

far away places imagined

 in burning sods. 

On shelves, antique looking tea pots,

 family photos, crock jugs, books.

On walls, fiddles, art work done long ago

 by children now with grandchildren of their own,

 and is that a pitch fork, and beside it a hoe?  yes. 

We’re encouraged to join in with songs we know.

 In my mind I'm a teenager sat in another farmhouse
singing Irish folk songs, quite the rebel.

My cousin sings for me – Tipperary Far Away

 I swallow back a river.

The  old Irish balled, haunting,
hits a hollow deep inside-  I’m off again.

 I imagine you with us dear friend, 

shutting your eyes as you do

 when you listen with intent.

 We leave at 1.30 in the morning, 

no sign of the night ending.
Apparently, you’ll like this,

 if you’re there in the morning, 

when the sun comes up,

 they’ll cook sausages and bacon,

ask you to stay for breakfast.

Thanks for listening, 

until we meet again, 

so long,  dear friend.


  1. Hello Grams,

    This is lovely! A true ~place~ to enter. I look forward to exploring your blog. Think we may have some things in common too : )

    May God bless and keep you,



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