Barney Rooney

Veteran Poet - 1,518 Points (belfast)

Cranfields Holy Well - Poem by Barney Rooney

stand and scan this country scene
and your eye may frame the grass of green
the black edged hedge and jagged ends
of stunted trees and wetland sedge
but there is no beauty to this landscape
barely saved from bog and scrub
where Antrim's farms and fields give way
to the black stoned shores of Lough Neagh
but find the road to Cranfield's holy well
dander down past the chapel
to where votive tinsel, plastic knots
cotton strips and infant socks
hang unsettled by a breeze
that lifts the waters to bright ripples
and chafes the reeds to whisper dry
where solemn swans consumed with self
remind the spirits that dance and cry
of the faith that brought them here
to scan and frame this place of pilgrimage
takes more sense than the eye

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Topic(s) of this poem: prayer


Comments about Cranfields Holy Well by Barney Rooney

  • Denis Mair Denis Mair (2/16/2016 1:16:00 AM)

    I have encountered atmospheres like this, for instance on Cape Perpetua in Yachats, Oregon. There is a memorial to a blind native woman who suffered greatly in her lifetime. The memorial is reachable by Amanda's Trail. Your phrases votive tinsel, plastic knots and cotton strips would make a good description for the decorations left around Amanda's stature. Now you have me wanting to write a poem about this. I'm rating your poem a 10,
    Your poem uncannily reminds me of mine: The Tank at the End of Sanskrit Street, Gokarna. Both poems are about the special atmosphere around a small body of water. In my way I express a thought similar to yours: to scan and frame this place of pilgrimage/ takes more sense than the eye. (Report) Reply

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  • Noreen Carden Noreen Carden (11/27/2013 10:39:00 AM)

    Hello Barney i love this poem there are quite a few holy wells in my area.The last seven lines of your poem are absolutely beautiful i felt i had taken a dander to stand at the holy well [lovely word dander] i give this a ten (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 24, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, February 15, 2016


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