For many, the first days of Summer bring with them fond memories of childhood and family holidays; barbecues on baking hot days, days at the beach, being scolded by your mam for foregoing the sun cream, with great big 99s to cap it all of. The carefree days of childhood don’t last forever though, and the kids grow up, the grandparent pass on and the youth and vitality of young parents gets up and over the hill, never to return again. Witnessing all of this from the an old family film, the poet reflects with both joy and sadness on the summer days that have come to pass in his life.
A beautiful poem about nostalgia and the inexorable march of time, read by the poet’s own son, the Near FM Station Manager, Ciaran Murray.
Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.