Aillte Bána

By Annette Marie Hyder
St. Patrick’s Day 2014

The sound of rain swept into my consciousness this morning

bringing with it thoughts of you to waken me
from walking along the steep white cliffs of sleep.
There was not one blade of green to be seen
as far as the eye could see on the endless cliffs of dream
but I saw the full St. Patrick’s day moon far out on the horizon
poised between the heavens and the sea
and I felt the rustle of emerald grass
whole hillsides shivered and sparkled like glass
in the island of my heart as the rain fell this morning
and I awoke to thoughts of you and me.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Links of interest

Happy New Year 2014!

A new year is like a gift basket filled with delicious edible possibilities. Maybe yours is filled, by a thoughtful hand, with strawberries dipped in chocolate, a jar of homemade jam, fresh bread hot from the oven, and spring grass butter. There’s caviar in dark glass and a lobster too, his pinching claws rubber-banded shut. Cuban cigars have been included and a bottle of Glenfidditch 12 Year Old single malt Scotch (metaphors all).

Most of the pleasures awaiting you in any given year are perishable. Make sure you use them. Don’t just put the gift basket up on a shelf and miss out on all the goodies when another year has come and gone with all your goodies put away and not having been touched at all before their expiration date has passed.

This year is a gift. Use it before it expires.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year’s Eve 2013!


Ascending with Serenity by Michael Maier

Bow and String
By Annette Marie Hyder

She gave of herself in celebrating the new year and the old, a wing to bow her instrument and her voice made up the strings. She kept her heart for she knew in the year ahead she’d need it for many a thing. She danced to the music of the dying year, a song surprisingly filled with joy. It sparkled and crashed like the waves of eternity’s sea as she watched the sun rise on the brink of change and 2014’s dawn.

May your New Year’s Eve be equal parts celebration and reflection!

Links to New Year’s Eves and Days past:
The New Year Tree (a Branch of Yggdrasil)
Wishing you a…
New Year’s Day 2011
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Eve is extended