At Home Abroad: First Blush

At Home Abroad: First Blush
By Regina Costello

The nights silence breaks

with the chorus of morning birds

joyfully greeting a new day.


I rise to find my Wheaten at my feet,

warm eyes locked on mine, her wagging tail

telling me she is ready for her first adventure of the day.


Quietly we escape the house to find

A dewey fresh morning.

Leaves lightly burdened with mist,

grass glistening in the rising sun.

The sights, sounds and aromas send Ash into a happy jaunt.

We find our pace and greet the day.


Familiar stragglers stroll with their own Fido

Cordial smiles and friendly gestures

In place of furrowed brows and fearful glances of recent days.

An exchange of news ensues

As the four- legged friends play once again.


Hope is in the air,

evident in the change of season, an unrelenting sun,

flowering shrubs gently perfuming the air,

petals burst to full bloom at first flush of day.

Many gentle reminders this early morn

That better, brighter times await us.

One day at a time.

One day closer to a new norm. 

*Regina is a Graduate from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Post Graduate from the National University of Ireland, Dublin.  She is the former Curator of the Irish American  Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society, former Executive Director of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission and former Executive Coordinator of the Northern Ohio Rose Centre.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland.  She can be reached at [email protected]


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