Johanna Antonia Zomers
Johana Antonia Zomers is a former organic sheep farmer, a poet, a playwright with Stone Fence Theatre and writes a weekly column for a Canadian newspaper. Her first novel “When the Light Enters” was published with Pastora de la Vega Press. She divides her time between writing her second novel, editing a collection of essays and agonizing over a collection of new poems. She is inspired by solo travel, the Camino Santiago, rural life and the creative boost of winters in Spain and Ireland.
Donegal Wedding on the Old Place
We dance in that barn now
small beneath the soaring
angled timbers, garlanded
for our celebration.
We dance for the promise of
love. We dance for
the nuptials, tipsy,
drunk with sentimentality.
We dance among
the ghosts of hay days
gleaming fragrant summer loads
dropped from the high gliding fork.
It was often starlight before the day’s
work was done; they made the time
reluctantly, for the tasks of
marrying and burying.
The full-uddered cows
shifting in the stall, creak
and rattle of chain on the rail.
Remembered shapes breathing in the dusk
stepping from hoof to hoof
unwilling to relinquish their
pioneer cathedral to our
music quickened feet.
Dove grey and green
land of sea and harp
Washed by soothing rain. History’s mirror,
landscapes wild and sharp
as widow’s sorrow. Silver-slicked street,
mossy cross of weathered stone
Scudding clouds, patch of blue
snapping fires, music blown.
I have chosen distant paths,
Afoot, alone, the pilgrim’s way
Forgetting comfort, forgetting home
The journey is the goal, they say
I’ve set the course, I’ll pass on by
The lamplit snugs with glowing coal
deny that which my heart desires
my own lost hearth, my home
When sadness wanes and spring
returns, I’ll heed the homeward plea,
Until then, Ireland’s welcome bosom
Is warm and home enough for me.
The poems go here