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Irene McIsaac
Ontario, Canada

E-mail Address: irenemci@rogers.com
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

Why write poetry, Poet?

Writing allows me to express my innermost feelings and emotions. To paint a picture in words of what I feel and see around me. I believe a little poetry is in all of us just waiting for the right time to be written.

How did you get started writing poetry?

Until recently, my priorities focused on my family and career. Now, in the autumn of my life, these have shifted somewhat and I am enjoying the flexibility of a much slower pace. I am gradually introducing writing, painting, gardening and so much more to my days - activities I now realize had been set aside for far too long. These new found pastimes have become so rewarding and help fill a great void in my life.

Who were your influences?

I must thank my late husband Walter, my loving family and very special friends who inspire me to write - encourage me to move on from a place of grief and pain - to appreciate each new day and see the simple and abundant beauty in everything that surrounds us.

What is your favourite poetic verse?

Many years ago my sisters and I found the following poem neatly folded in the wallet of our beautiful departed sister Mary. These profound and timeless words have remained with me throughout the years...

by J. Frood

When hate dies and the world stands still
And the rose cries on the painted hill,
When the golden moth with wings so fine
Glides through the stars on endless time
I will come -- and only then,
When eternity begins again.

When deserts bloom with meadow flowers,
When mighty trees with rainbows bowered,
When every man about can see
That hope holds love and all are free
I will come -- and only then,
When brother love is born again.

When children happy in the sun
No longer fear, nor hide, nor run
When men have lain aside their greed
And love replaces race and creed
I will come -- and only then,
When man has learned to live again.

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Magical Place
  2. Clouds
  3. Cries of London
  4. Daybreak
  5. Doors
  6. In Dreams
  7. Lord, Hear This Prayer
  8. My Love
  1. Only A Whisper Away
  2. Reflections
  3. Shadows
  4. Solitude
  5. The Gift
  6. The Gift Responds
  7. The Healing Angels
  8. The Journey

Who are the Scots?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(1859 - 1930)
An author who created the detective Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and Professor Moriarty. He graduated from Edinburgh University in medicine and later practised in Edinburgh and in the Boer War. In 1902 he received a knighthood for his work in a field hospital at Bloomfontein, South Africa

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