A Barnacle is a form of Irish ‘Haiku’ inspired by Nora Barnacle, James Joyce’s muse. The form captures a ‘soul moment’. The first line is literal, the second emotional and the third spiritual.


Pilgrims blaze a trail,
Brigid’s fire burns,

~ Karen Ward


Nuair a suilímis le Bríde,
Cuireann sí timpeall orainn grá mór á clóca bheannacta
Agus is iad ár n-anam agus dá chuid amháin.

As we walk with Brigid,
She wraps us lovingly in her blessed cloak
And our souls and hers become as one.

~ Siobhán Cahill


Light pierces the leafy canopy,
Strong woman of Spirit beholds,

~ Karen Ward


Firelight, fireside, companions of the flame.

United we rise tall, flicker far to the sky,

Gather heat and warmth….

Enough for a whole universe

~ Alyson McEvoy



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