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Today is Armistice Day 11/11/1918 – 2017 (99 years),

it’s also a Day of Remembrance in many countries resulting from many different conflicts, and also for Peacekeepers!

 

No Fear of Sleep & artwork by Michael J. Whelan

 

 

No Fear of Sleep

 

An old man wishes

No more to dig

To hide

To fear

To bury the dead

Protect his head

To cry

No more to fight

To kill

To maim

To see the slain

Be coverd in their stain

Rebury the dead

No more to dig

He wants to live

To sing

To go to bed

No fear of sleep

And dreams that creep

Reliving the pain

That trenches frame

 

(c)Michael J. Whelan

from ‘On Hurting Ground – Poetic Silhouettes On Soldiers, History, Love and Tragedy’ 2009

 

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Today is Armistice Day 11/11/1918 – 2017 (99 years),

it’s also a Day of Remembrance in many countries resulting from many different conflicts, and also for Peacekeepers!

On Hurting Ground by Michael J. Whelan

 

On Hurting Ground – poem & image by Michael J. Whelan

 

 

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Aircraft Hangar, Baldonnel 2017 photo: (c)Michael J. Whelan

 

 

HANGAR

Baldonnel Aerodrome, 2017

 

Except for a sparrow

that came upon the scene,

I am the only one,

the only human being

in the history of the universe

since life began,

to witness the wagtail

glide through the vast emptiness

of the aircraft hangar

and land perfectly

on the hangar floor.

I watched it walk out

through the great hangar doors,

which is why I speak of it.

 

The wagtail standing there

looking back in,

studying me as I pondered our meeting

from within the metal cage.

I have reached 47 years of age,

the temporary hangar 100,

built to house aeroplanes

during the Great War,

the birds might be as old as the recent summer

and there we were

and still are

contained forever in 200 seconds

when our lives and history

crossed over each other in mystery.

 

Even now my mind’s eye still sees

that curious wagtail stretch its wings,

bounce its tail feathers

and examine the human standing there

blown away by the magic

that forms in the gifts of time,

hanging forever on the span of moments.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

Published in the poetry ‘narrowsheet’ FLARE 05, for The Sunflower Sessions – October 2017.

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Michael J. Whelan  – RTE Nationwide (screenshot)

 

Hi all, please see the link below for recent exposure given to my PEACEKEEPER poetry collection on a popular Irish television programme. I am really very pleased with the feature and very grateful to all those involved in its production… Michael

SOLDIER POET/REPORT VALERIE WATERS – RTE Nationwide 20th October 2017, 7pm

‘When we think of the War Poets, those of the era of WWI usually come to mind. We have today a serving airman in the Irish Air Corps who is a published poet. Reporter Valerie Waters went to meet Michael J. Whelan to find out about how the experience of serving as a Peacekeeper over seas influenced his writing’

Section on Peacekeeper is in part 2, or after the commercial  break – see link below!

https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/nationwide-21/10792379/

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Hi all, so this week has been brilliant for exposure of my poetry collection PEACEKEEPER in the Irish press, this review in The Irish News – Belfast was published today Thursday 28th of September 2017, is the second this week in Irish newspapers, which is fantastic and I am very grateful to Fergal Hallahan and the staff at the newspaper for it.  The book was published last year.

Please have a read….. Michael

 

 

See link below:

https://www.irishnews.com/arts/2017/09/28/news/book-reviews-frank-ormsby-s-birthday-collection-and-poetry-by-an-irish-peacekeeper-1147181/

 

‘Peacekeeper’ by Michael J. Whelan. Poetry collection published by Doire Press – April 2016

 

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Irish Examiner review – Peacekeeper 23 Sept 2017 by Colette Sheridan

 

Hi all, so this week has been brilliant for exposure of my poetry collection PEACEKEEPER in the Irish press, this review in the Irish Examiner on Saturday last 23rd September 2017 is fantastic and I am very grateful to Colette Sheridan and the staff at the newspaper for it.  The book was published last year and although there has been a number of wonderful reviews this is the first in a national newspaper.

Please have a read….. Michael

 

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Flock of Gulls – (c)Michael J. Whelan

 

THE CLEVERNESS OF HUNGER

 

In my garden on a wet summer day,

while big crows mustered

and seagulls squawked in anger

at the cleverness of hunger,

small birds clustered

to feed each other damp crumbs,

and there I witnessed a tiny sparrow

drag a half slice of bread

(which I had just thrown

onto a flat-roof shed)

under a small table

to keep it from the reign.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

Published in A New Ulster Magazine, issue No. 60 – Sept’ 2017 –  See: https://issuu.com/amosgreig/docs/anu60

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