July 29th Birthday Love: Frank McGuinness

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Cedar and Elm

Ships smelling of wood, cedar and elm,
trim their sails by the trade winds –
they measure the map of Ireland
stitched on my mother’s pincushion.

Living two doors down from the sun,
she worships at sacred mountains
in awe of ash and volcanoes
where forests grow cedar and elm.

-Frank McGuinness

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