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Harebells in August: Pause and Ponder Reflection

Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection – ‘Harebells in August’.

Harebells in August

For some weeks past I have been looking forward

to share with fellow pilgrims on the Path

these pretty little harebells. Now they are here.


Among the trees and plants that month by month

bring me delight along my pilgrim way

as in their turn they bud and flower and fade,

these have no place in the memory of my childhood.


I first met harebells painted on a pair of mugs –

a thoughtful holiday gift from a longtime friend,

and many further years had come and gone

before I came across the blooms themselves.


The dry uncrowded space to right and left

on just this stretch of path must suit them well

and every August now they bring me joy

and make me wonder why they delight me so.


Fr La Flynn

20 August 2021


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