Upcoming events

Click on the link above to see the author being interviewed about her book 'Open To Love' by Rowan Hand on RTE's Nationwide (February 13th 2012).
10% of the profits from sales are being tithed by the author to the neonatal unit of Our Lady's Hospital for sick children, Crumlin.

Check out RTE iWitness documentary on the author on February 14,2015

If you have enjoyed the poetry readings I would welcome any feedback you may have.

May You Be Blessed

This poem is from the book, 'Open To Love' don't forget to scroll down for some more poems.


Here are some of the poems I composed in honour of all the men and women who bravely fought in the 1916 Rising.

The Easter Lily...a Requiem

The Easter lily bowed her head
in mourning for the newly dead
the earth cocooned
embalmed
entombed
their memories...immortal wounds.
Kilmainham jail
screamed primal tale
Ancestors who forged the trail
...in reverential silence thread
in fearsome dread...
all other prisoners
one by one
counted volleys of the gun.
The Sky grew dark
the dawn closed in
the shooting dead at 6.am
the eerie quiet
the dreadful din
the heavy thud
of life and limb.
Outside the prison walls
lay stark
the buildings
still on fire did spark
Aiseiri-Ashes blown
across the width and depth of foam.
The Gaelic cry resounded far
for each man a falling star
Eire's plight lit up the night
with new found pride
in freedom flight
she must retrieve
her own birthright.
The Sacrificial blood-letting
would make her strong once more...
it was not in vain her heroes died
to save her Sacred Lore
it was not in vain they bravely fought
nor in vain they sagely sought
their cherished dream...their reverie
Eire...free.  

This poem won a short-listed award at Focal Wexford Literary Festival 2016.
 
 

Up for the Rising


Unified body, mind and thought 
hearts aflame with passion fraught
they gathered at the GPO
in the fight for Eire they would let blood flow
vision alight with inner flame
they fought to free their country's name...
to play their part in The Patriot Game.

Eoin Mac Neill's untimely news
 ironically transmuted to ally-ruse
when the order came to stall...to wait
they proceeded to storm the City's gate
for God and Glory and Eire's cause
they would fight to the end...win or lose
though it be not their privilege to choose.

Too late for retreat, no thought for defeat
the word spread quickly on the street
British troop contingents came in full force
with orders to annihilate the Rising at source
eyes blazing...alight Pearse and Connolly led the fight
for love of country... passion burning bright
Destiny was sealed that fateful night.

With these men in command steady loyal and true
all were fully assured of what they must do
to a man and a woman they proudly fought
without a care for themselves...not even a thought
they bravely held out to the bitter end
ammunition and supplies were all but spent 
when the order to surrender had been sent.

With calm composure they surrendered the fight
and marched to the tune of British might
brave men and women true patriots these 
who believed in their cause...their conscience at ease
they walked from their cells with their heads held high
still dreaming the dream in their last goodbye
they faced the firing squad...straight in the eye.

Now many will say how foolish were these
 to dream their dream of Nationalism and Peace
blinded with fervour for their Roisin-Dubh
took up arms and with fervent-foolhardiness stood
to attempt to reclaim lost splendour of yore
Eire's own birthright they sought to restore...
her freedom, her language, her Gaelic folklore.

Now a century later as heroes they are renowned
for bequeathing the twenty six counties de-crowned
so here's to our heroes and martyrs so true
may you all rest in Peace and may God go with you.

'Up for the Rising' read at the ICA 1916 National Centenary Celebrations at  An Grianan.




from 'Open to Love'.

This poem from my book 'A Gift of Love' is for everyone who has experienced the grief and trauma of the sudden unexpected death of a loved one.

Unreal Funeral

Tears well up in my eyes

pools of infinity in disguise

Love overflowing from my heart

into rivers of grief knowing we must part.

I cannot see what flowers around

grace your funeral pall

nor hear each note lamenting

your exodus from this world

I cannot feel my feelings

my body-mind is numb

my senses stunned in shock

as your funeral bell is rung.

This can't be true

it can't be you

they must be mistaken

I search to catch a glimpse of you

I pray this can't be happening.

Shaking like a leaf, choking with grief

I cry your name out loud

but I know there is nothing I can do

as they bury you in earthy shroud.

 

In honour of Woman

Powerful

loving co-creator

Lover

Nurturer

Life-maker

Woman

Life-promoter

her body a temple

of the Highest-Order

wherein men seek their Spirit

children their conception

at her Altar.

Woman...warrior of the just cause

Life in its fullness

Love without pause

Woman...emotional

her gifts disguised as flaws

benevolent, bountiful

Life-expression beautified

heightened awareness of core-essence

Spirited-Body unified.

She...the feminine

High-Priestess

Woman...beatified

Goddess

Woman...Love personified.

God-Essence

All the Earth's a quiver
with God-Essence.
The sparkling sea's a shimmer
with God-Essence.
In the silence there's a glimmer
of God-Essence.
 Morning Light caresses
the darkling Earth's tresses
God-Essence.
The Sky on fire at dawn
the miracle of the new-born
God-Essence.
Mist rolling inland
the wisdom in a grain of sand
God-Essence.
The birds sing forth in symphony
the Cosmos is in harmony
God-Essence.
The bees busy humming
the chanting of the Om...in
God-Essence.
The dance of Divinity
Nature's primal energy
God-Essence.



The presentation of the painting 'Nature Child' to Our Lady's Hospital for sick children Crumlin March 2014



From L to R: Carmel Gallagher, Norah Clifford-Kelly and June Farrel Biggs.

Norah Clifford Kelly Poetry


Norah, a native of Knocknacuig The Kerries Tralee Co Kerry, is now living in north Wexford.
She is a teacher and a full-time writer of Spiritual/Meditation and Metaphysical Nature-Poetry
Social Justice Poetry, Children's Poetry, Prayer-Poetry, Love Songs and Gospel Songs.
 As well as doing poetry readings where invited, she also facilitates group meditational sittings using the healing sound of the Tibetan Singing Bowl to enhance and enrich the experience of her experiential creative-visualization poetry workshops.
Norah also facilitates other diverse workshops which are tailor made to meet group-specific  needs:
 'Freeing your Creative-Self'...let the words fly...a Creative Writing Workshop.
'A Gift to yourself'...esteeming your true-self...a Self-Empowerment workshop.
 
                            An insight on the background story of how it all began.

"I was a Montessori Teacher and facilitator of Adult Education for 23 years and absolutely loved my work. On a sabbatical I was involved in a road accident that was to change the course of my life . In February 2006 on my way to my Doctor for a routine check-up my car skidded on ice, as it was veering towards the ditch out of control I realized there was nothing I could do so I resigned myself to the outcome took a deep breath and waited for the bang. Almost immediately I felt a beautiful energy fill the car...it felt as though an invisible air bag had surrounded me and that I was perfectly cocooned and safe. Time slowed down and it was like I was watching the whole episode in stills in exact detail...I felt as though a beautiful gentle loving energy, a nurturing energy was totally protecting me, in one split second I knew instinctively that everything was alright and that everything was going to be all-right.
Just before the car hit the ditch and as I sat there helplessly gripping the steering wheel to steady myself with my head pressed tightly against the headrest to try to avoid whiplash and to save myself from head injury, I tensed all my muscles (which I now know in hindsight was not a good thing to do). I closed my eyes as the car spun in an anti-clockwise circle and walloped the ditch it spun around again and hit the ditch a second time until finally coming to a stand still. I opened my eyes to see where I was, so grateful that I was ok and still conscious, blessed that I hadn't been knocked
unconscious with the severe impact of the first bang...the second bang hadn't been as severe... immediately I realized  I was in danger. I saw that I was on the wrong side of the road and on a bend. I turned the key in the ignition, started the engine which had cut out on impact and drove across to the other side of the road as quickly as possible. I drove to the nearest house less than a mile away and pulled in off the road to catch my breath and to take in all that had happened. I stepped out of the car to take a look at the damage done to the front there was a huge clump of the ditch still attached to the bumper, I pulled most of it away as best I could got back in the car and drove to the doctor's surgery.
The fact that I came out of the accident totally unscathed, did not feel shock or fright at that time or any time afterwards puzzled me hugely and left me in awe of the whole incident. I couldn't believe what had just happened. It had all happened so quickly, in probably less than a minute yet at the same time seemed so surreal, as if time had slowed or even stopped during the whole incident. I felt huge relief that I was alright and that nobody else had been involved in the accident and I gave thanks to the Divine for protecting me.
When I arrived at the doctor I had my routine check-up and blood tests, even my blood-pressure was normal. I did not bother to relay the incident as my own doctor was not available that day, needless to say I just wanted to get home I was delighted with myself that I was safe and un-injured after the episode and that nobody else was involved or injured. Little did I know that a week later all that would change...

I had been reading in the conservatory and as it was a lovely bright sunny day I had opened some windows to air the room As I went to close a window the small bang from the window-closing sent me crashing to the floor my body locked in pain and immobility in what I found out later to be delayed shock.
I had no idea at that point as to what was happening it felt like I had been hit by 1000 volts of electricity when I had closed my conservatory window. All I knew was that I was in horrendous pain and it was pain multiplied like I had never experienced it before. When I fell on the floor I literally could not move a muscle the pain was overwhelming and I found myself totally paralysed all of my muscles limp, my body without energy. As I lay there in that helpless state like a blob of jelly, afraid to move as the pain worsened when I tried to, I cried out to the Divine to help me...immediately in my stillness I remembered and felt the beautiful energy in the car before it crashed, in that instant I sensed and just knew that there was a reason for what was happening and that everything was (and still is) in Divine order and somehow I knew that I would be ok.
I tried to call my husband but could not raise my voice as I had no energy, I was moaning with the pain when he came he was shocked and asked me what had happened I could not answer, I could only mumble something incoherent about pain...he helped me onto the couch where I stayed very still for hours. As the day wore on to my family's dismay I refused to agree to calling the doctor or to be taken to the surgery or to hospital I told them in painfully slow words and sentences when I could gather enough energy to utter them that I just knew I would be ok. I just had a deep knowingness that this would pass with time and I needed to be allowed that time to try to heal in my own way...
Little did I know what the healing journey ahead of me would extract from me in terms of pain, discomfort and life-changes that I would have to make to accommodate my new state of disability. I did go to my doctor at my family's urging after six weeks had passed, once again my own doctor was not available and I was informed that it was probably delayed shock and should have resolved itself by another six weeks or so however by September seven months later my condition still had not improved that much so I went to see my own doctor who had her own practice by this time to see if she could shed some light on what was happening. I felt it was like one step forward two steps back every time I tried to stand up I would inevitably fall down again in severe pain. If I as much as stepped on a pebble I would keel over it was as if my body could not take even the slightest shock as every time -no matter how small the shock- my body registered a huge shock, the pain was unbearable and I would have to wait several days before trying to take a few steps again. It was a very challenging time and a huge struggle at times but I had this knowingness and determination that I would heal naturally.
 I was informed by my own doctor after the results of blood tests that she had taken were analysed and returned, that the shock had triggered my immune system into over-drive, resulting in severe inflammation of my muscles and connective tissue. The physical trauma of the accident had triggered an auto-immune condition called Fibromyalgia. I was relieved to hear some diagnosis, declined medication and returned home even more determined to continue on my path of healing.
I found  new depths to my Spirit on that journey, at the same time gifts of compassionate-healing and beautiful meditational poetry were bestowed on me to soothe and calm me as I physically limped onwards on my healing path.
It took 2 years for me to eventually feel I was improving, all the while I was meditating, dream-journaling and writing when I could [as my wrists and fingers were still not able to work for long periods without severe stiffness and pain setting in]. When I was unable to write I started recording the poetry as it came to me and with time and patience I eventually got it all down on paper. It took another 2 years before I felt confident enough to leave my home to attend an Artists Way course.
During this time shortly after I had been to the doctor I had an unusual dream I had been recording my dreams in a journal as I was having so many vivid dreams. I was constantly waking during the night I was restless and unable to sleep for long periods due to severe pain, in this dream a cartoon version of a blue devil appeared and I wondered what the meaning of a blue devil was as I recalled the dream, normally devils are portrayed as fiery red. I figured out eventually it was a symbolic cool blue devil as the exact herbal anti-inflammatory I needed for my body was called Devil's Claw which I located in my local health-shop. This herbal remedy has made a huge difference to my life I am pain-free most of the time now I'm so glad I was dream-journaling then.

One of my favourite books is 'The Artists Way' by the author Julia Cameron. I had been reading it for the second time at home during my healing journey so when I saw the course on offer near my home I was delighted I didn't hesitate to push myself to attend. So it was, 4 years after the accident I took the plunge and trusted that I could venture out into the world of 'normality' again and hoped 'on a wing and a Prayer' that I would have sufficient energy to engage with people again, I had no inkling of the adventure that was about to unfold in my Life......  

The 'accident' happened 10 years ago and my healing journey brought me many gifts along the way including the gift of beautiful poetry. My first book "Open to Love" is a gift given to me to share with others and so I tentatively offered it out to the Universe after been requested to do so by my fellow artists on 'The Artists Way' course who loved the poetry I brought in as my morning writing. They were mostly written between 4am and 730am as I would wake very early with my overactive immune system in full battle attacking my muscles or connective tissue. The Spiritual/Meditation poems were generally swimming around in my head on awakening so I immediately started writing them down as they flowed. Usually I would receive one poem sometimes two but I remember well one morning three poems one after another flowed rapidly to me and I thought I would not be able to write them down fast enough to catch them all, I was amazed at this but also delighted as I loved the sound and imagery of the poetry and was in awe when I read it for the first time after writing it down. I still love reading it over and over, I find it so beautiful and so calming for the body, it brings me straight into Meditation mode.
My first book 'Open to Love' was published in 2011 and within six weeks of it's printing I had received profound healing stories from people who were recovering from illness, surgery and/or trauma and who found my poetry helping them on their own healing journeys. I continue to receive many beautiful stories from people about it's vibrational, healing, soothing and calming qualities and other interesting stories from readers who say they have discovered a new-found interest in poetry and find my poetry moving, refreshing, uplifting and heart-warming. Many others have told me they were inspired to start writing their own poetry and prose and some have had their work published.
What can I say except that I know for certain that the poetry came as a gift to me. Most of the Spiritual and Meditational poems came almost fully formed some of them came complete and as already mentioned I was amazed at their content and with the rapidity with which they came, it was always exciting and joyful to read them afterwards. Sometimes I would change the order of the verses after a couple of readings or additional words or verses might come into my mind on a flash of insight. Most days the poetry just kept on coming fast and furious like a gushing waterfall. It was on the flow in my dreams, during meditation even in my daydreaming and there wasn't much let up  until the turn of 2015 when I began to feel some change taking place and the flow slowed to a trickle. I now find myself writing Gospel songs which are really poems that come with an air of their own!
So here I am seven years of writing...a trilogy of poetry later, two books 'Open to Love' and 'A Gift of Love' going out to the Universe and 'Divine Love' going to print. I now have some time and space to get up to speed on the website and of course abundant energy for doing the readings. I know I am being re-directed once more as the flow of the poetry has slowed considerably and has almost...but not quite...come to a standstill. I know I am being bidden to action to get my Poetry Harvest out!
All I can say for now is that I live in the moment in a continual state of gratitude and contentment and deep humility for all that I've been Blessed with in Life. I am eternally grateful for every Blessing for my present state of good-health, the gift of this poetry the good vibrations it is offering and the wonderful uplifting work it is doing. My sincere wish and earnest hope is that whoever reads it and receives it will also be Graced and Blessed ...

Namaste        Beannachtai       Norah.

A Gift of Love - New book by Norah Clifford Kelly

The new book 'A Gift of Love' was published on 1st May 2014 and is available through the retail outlets listed and online through the website www.norahcliffordkelly.com

Firstly I acknowledge the gift of Divine inspiration which I received when writing these poems, particularly the Meditational / Spiritual poems, most of the poems flowed as easily from me as if I myself was reading them from a book. I also wish to acknowledge the immense pool of Love in my life that keeps me grounded and uplifted. I truly believe that Love is as necessary to the Soul as oxygen or "Breath of Life" is to the Body.
Here are some poems from my book  'A gift of Love'.

 

 Just for today

Just for today do not worry
take time to ponder
do not hurry.
 
Just for today be yourself
leave your worries and woes
on the shelf.
 
Just for today be humble
let no circumstance
your ground-space rumble.
 
Just for today be grateful
in all small things
let your heart be faithful.
 
Just for today do not anger
let no circumstance
cause you ire or rancour.
 
Just for today honour unity
honour yourself, your family,
your community.
 
Just for today be at ease...
attune to the birds and the breeze
take this day...do as you please.
 
Just for today be happy to just be
breathe the magic of flow
be at one with the sea.
 
Just for today...one day at a time
learn to flow with nature's
rhythm and rhyme.
 
Just for today have fun and play
then reverently pray
in thanksgiving...just for today.


                                      

                                           Journey into Spirit


Take your Spirit Guide by the hand
slip into mysterious Land
skipping lightly barely touching ground
until your fledgling wings you've found...
Float on streams ethereal-breath of Life
feel the lightness in freedom-flight
allow gladness fill your heart with joy
as you float beneath Celestial Sky...
Take in all the beauty wild
of Nature's splendour...pure Nature-Child
breathe in deeply...healing rarefied air
abundant Love wafting there.
Embrace your Spirit...re-connect
with primal Love-Source intersect
rest in Love.....breathe in Peace
all cares and worries now release...
Let tranquility flood your Human-Being
intuit Body-Mind-Spirit...Absolute...freeing
gently return in Blest-Renewed state
in Love and Light...your Spirit awaits. 
                     
                    
Step on the path
Step on the path where Angels thread
step on the path to guidance
move into streams of consciousness
watch the Sky-dance.

Close your eyes...see the pathway
close your ears...listen in
await to hear...Divine voice saying
rejoice and welcome...come within.

Take a moment there to wander
just one moment following
regard your journey as it meanders
curving back within again.

Be still in Silent Real-Awareness
stay still and sense the Love within
feel the Vibrance...Absolute-Essence
Holistic...Healing Yang and Yin.

Allow your Spirit rest at-Onement
absorb the Love that abounds
suffused in knowledge of Pure-Wisdom
hear the Silence...Primordial Sound.

Tune in to Vibrational-Spirit
let your healing heart-strings thrum
feel body light with Grace and Blessings
quivering with your own Soul-Song.
 
 

Ancient Woods

 

Just stroll down to the Ancient Wood

view the meandering murmuring brook

hear the song of the whispering Trees

thrumming on silent communing breeze.

Just stray onto the path of Love

gaze on wild flowers hear the dove

finger-tip the waters of the Sacred Spring

centre...in silence in the Holy Ring.

Feel the energy of the stones

their familiar solidity in your bones

re-connect...to ancient lore

retrieve Life's wisdom from before...

Stay still in silence...hear the hush

from eons back shhh...just shush..... 

 
   
 
 

Art Copyright © Electra Kyriazis www.electrakyriazisfineart.com


The cover photograph is a copy of an original painting entitled 'Nature Child' by the supremely talented artist Electra Kyriazis which was inspired by her reading of my first book of poetry 'Open to Love'. Electra kindly donated this painting at the book launch which was a fundraising event for my chosen charity and which we decided not to raffle, but to gift to Our Lady's Hospital for sick children so that the children may continue to enjoy and benefit from its beauty.

The depiction of a nature child meditating while basking in the outdoors under the Tree of Life open to the healing vibrations and rhythms of nature, radiating a state of inner peace and bliss is a very potent symbol of the Art of Healing.




Divine Love - Third book in the trilogy.

     Divine Love will be published 2018
                                                             


Step on the Path

Step on the path where Angels thread
step on the path to Guidance
move into streams of consciousness
watch the Sky dance.
 
Close your eyes see the Pathway
close your ears...listen in
await to hear Divine voice saying
rejoice...welcome...come within.
 
Take a moment there to wander
just one moment...following
regard your journey as it meanders
curving back within again.
 
Be still...in Silent-Real-Awareness
stay still......sense the Love within
feel the Vibrance...Absolute Essence
Holistic Healing...Yang and Ying.
 
Allow your Spirit rest at-One-ment
absorb the Love that abounds
suffused in knowledge of Pure Wisdom
hear the Silence...Primordial Sound.
 
Tune in to...Vibrational Spirit
let your healing heart-strings thrum
feel Body-Light with Grace and Blessings
quivering with...your own Soul-Song.
 
 

Promise of Spirit

I will raise you up on Angel-wings
lift you up to Higher Realms
soothe your Soul with unction-balm
guide you back to me again
for I Am that I Am and you are Ancient Spirit.

You will bask in warmth of Spirit-Love
embrace Absolute...Holy Dove
in Light and Truth All-Oneness there
immersed in Joy...float as air
for I Am that I Am and you are Sacred Spirit.

I will free you from all suffering
take your Cup...your Offering
you will wonder why it took so long
when I take you to...where you belong
for I Am All that...I Am...and you are Sacred Spirit.

 

The birth of Christ

Oh brightest star up in the sky
glowing with Heavenly-Light on High
guide us on our path to find
the Holy Mother and her child.
In a lowly manger in this world
a whole new story has unfurled
Jesus, Mary's boy-child...born
on this Blessed Sacred morn.

With hearts and minds and Souls on fire
lead us to our hearts' desire
take us on the path of Love
to this Holy Child sent from above.
In rapture let us gaze on Him
sent...to redeem us from all sin
this innocent child Divinely formed
resting in Love and Light adorned.

Let us bring our Love and gratitude great
let us shelter Him now from His earthly fate
gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh we bring
to acknowledge the Royalty of our new-born King.
We fervently fall on our knees and pray
 comfort and guide Him on His way
oh wondrous Light oh wondrous Star
guide us to His home afar.

Brightest Star oh brightest Light
lead us now on furtive flight
to a cradle in Bethlehem
where a Saviour is born to free all men...


Why-for


When social therapy doesn't do it any more
look at your life and ask why-for.
When you are feeling low and your heart's sad-sore
feel the feeling and explore why-for.
When you hear soft inner-voice rising to roar
listen to it calmly and ask why-for.
When you know you are knocking on an open door
try pushing through and find why-for.
When you find your Spirit eagerly waiting to soar
feel the wonder and see why-for.


Profound question


Have you made contact with your Soul
since you came here on earth
have you asked what Sacred role
was ordained for you pre-birth.
Have you felt the stirrings
of your Spirit in great Joy
have you felt the longing
for great Goodness in deep cry.

Have you sensed God-Essence
in the miracle of your Life
have you met God while in abeyance
to your struggle and your strife.
Have you reached the boundless
within yourself in silent waiting
have you stayed still and soundless
to feel Sacred-Ground palpating.

Do not miss another moment...
encounter your Spirit in God so potent.