Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

The Well of the Moon

This was taken at New Grange, looking over the Boyne Valley, where Finn got his wisdom. The famous story, which you’ll find referred to on the poetry page is about cooking the salmon of wisdom and is all about how destiny will get the good stuff to the right person, but there is another story,…
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January 14, 2021 0

Mixed Messages

We do have snow today, a mere icing sugar sift over the garden, already melting and inclined to slush. More is forecast tonight, and temperatures will drop to -5 (Centigrade – if you are in the US, this is a relatively balmy 25 degrees, but it’s increasingly rare here).


January 7, 2021 0

Thank You and Goodbye 2020

Well, almost gone. But although it had its tough moments, it wasn’t all bad. So I would like to thank 2020 for StAnza which was lovely – already changed and foreshadowing what was to come, it was full of friendships and inspiration that kept me going for all those months social media. I haven’t seen…
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December 31, 2020 6

Christmas Greetings

Christmas GiftsI was five, and on the naughty list,No doll for me then! Wouldn’t you thinkI ‘d stay out of trouble for that one day?Clearly not – perhaps next year.Meanwhile the decorations would be up,The crib and tree, and the room would smellOf tangerines and fir and the strange smokeOf my father’s once a year…
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December 24, 2020 0

When Skies Are Dark

I’m watching this today https://www.gov.ie/en/news/eea6b-winter-solstice-at-newgrange-2020/# It isn’t going well, as it’s raining, but there’s a link to yesterday’s experience, and they’ll be trying again tomorrow. The neolithic chamber at New Grange is patterned on the constellation Cygnus, which was in a slightly different place in the sky then, and when I read this, I was…
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December 21, 2020 0

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition, commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, asking for lodgings being refused, and at last, finding a space. It is usually a street party with lights, food, piñatas and a dialogue song between Joseph and the innkeeper. I don’t suppose many street parties will be happening anywhere…
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December 16, 2020 0

Make It New

This is the desk on which I wrote my Masters dissertation more than thirty years ago. I had a friend with a word processor who typed it up for me – that’s how much things have changed. I had very poor typing skills and no computer skills at all, and honestly thought that computers would…
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December 9, 2020 2

The Season of the Witch

This is the title of a song by Donovan – you can hear it here. But it’s also an appropriate title for what’s happened here in the Haggard. Lockdown has given me more chance to read, and though its fair to say a lot of it has been thoughtless escapist reading, there has been a…
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November 27, 2020 0

Back on the Road

And a grey damp chilly road it is too this morning. Heavy rain is forecast, and frost by the end of the week, so we went for a walk while we could. There were crows and magpies in the oystercatcher field and deer browsing in the field below the Craigs, so winter has definitely arrived.…
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November 23, 2020 0

Political Correctness and Virtue Signalling

This is going to be a bit of a rant, so buckle up. Rant the first. I recently unfriended someone on Facebook for posting a snide cartoon mocking political correctness. I don’t do this often – usually I have a three strikes policy, bearing in mind that you can’t always judge tone and context from…
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October 23, 2020 5