Birds continue to build their nest
Squirrels run lively along the bark
Sunbeams warm despite the pest
God will always make his mark
Wars and plagues and crises past
Have we survived with soul intact
The old and wise know what it takes
When God decides to hit the brakes
Slow down - we must evaluate
Our lives thus far, our common fate
The pest arrests not for position or euro
Influence nor pleading
It’s in God we find healing
Tara Hogan grew up in Templemore, Co Tipperary. She spent her youth on the farm in Killough with her grandparents, Denis and Mary Meagher, aunt Denise and uncle Tim (RIP).
Although she moved to Copenhagen 19 years ago, fond memories of drawing in the hay, dosing sheep and herding the cattle will always be with her.
The rosary was said every night and there was always an appreciation for life’s blessings. She frequently returns to Tipperary and now walks her parents' land with her father Mick and mother Anna.
Tara is a language consultant and head of English in Studieskolen, Copenhagen.
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