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‘Pause & Ponder’ along the Pilgrim Path

‘Pause and Ponder’ is a series of reflections inspired by the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. 

The latest reflection from this series is highlighted below.

‘Frosty Lockdown’ along the Pilgrim Path.  11 January 2021.

Frosty Lockdown

The frost has not let go all day,

holding nature in cold lockdown.

Some sunlight for a time dispelled the gloom,

but in the end it did not make much difference.

The puddles beneath our feet stayed locked in ice, 

their glassy broken shards neither mending  nor melting.

At the quarry, the cross itself is frozen,

simply enduring, like the great rock behind.


The one and only oak tree on the path

stands quite exposed against the sky,

holding its ground until the storms have passed

every last leaf long since fallen.


Here on these frosted twigs the icy rime

covers but does not hide the tight-wrapped buds

that bide their time

for a spring that will surely follow.

Fr La Flynn, Prior 


The earlier reflections are listed below

Reflection Day of New Beginning

Reflection Muddy Tracks

Reflection ‘Midwinter Holly’

Reflection ‘Pilgrimage in the Frost’

Reflection ‘Old Roots, New Shoots’

Reflection ‘The Blessing of Space’ 

Reflection ‘Reflecting on Reflections’

Reflection ‘Insignificant Sphagnum’ 

Reflection ‘The Magic of Mushrooms’ 

Reflection ‘The Gift of the Rainbow’

Reflection ‘The Uphill Path’ 

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