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Standing on the Seat: Pause and Ponder Reflection along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path

Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection – ‘Standing on the Seat’

Standing on the Seat

The sign at the bottom of the track invites me up

to Davog’s Seat in bright autumn sunlight.

Alone today, I stand to gaze at what I see.

Ten thousand years ago these rocks were smoothed

by glacier sheets that covered all this land.

Five thousand years ago the Bronze age people

built a cairn and added a burial chamber.

Briars and heathers arrived in their own time.

When first I came some forty years ago

in search of Davog’s Seat, the forest pines

whose stumps remain in lines grew all around.

Today my thoughts are drawn to all that comes

and goes, myself included – a passing pilgrim.


Fr La Flynn, Prior

4 October 2021


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