At this point in time, Bealtaine Writers are involved in a project with the Irish Writers Centre and the Dublin Adult Learning Centre. It is being facilitated by the poet Nessa O’Mahony and the general theme is Journeying. There will be a reading of the work that comes out of it at the end of November and there will also be a printed version.
During the course of the sessions, I was drawn back to a time in the 1950s which caused a stir on our road.
The illustration is a cheat because I find myself drawn to photos of my grandchildren and keep wanting to use them.
I hope you like the writing. As usual, read, enjoy, share and give me some feedback.
Cuid a hAon
Cá bhfuil tú ag dul?
I’m off to find me Nana
Cé tá ag dul leat?
Me brudder in his pram
Conas a rachaidh sibh?
We will walk and sing and look for her
Cén fhaid a bheidh tú imithe?
It’s only a few minutes to the Village
Cad a bhfaighidh tú?
Me Nana and her shopping
Cuid a Dó
We ended up in Ranelagh
Conas ar thaisteal sibh?
We walked till I nearly fell down
Cad a aimsigh tú?
The fla’ we lived in til I was six
The man in the fla’ above give me thrupence?
But nothing to eat
Cén chaoi a ndeachaigh tú abhaile?
Trudged up the canal to the 83 bustop
Persuaded the conductor to let me on for threepence
Cad a aimsigh
A flurry of neighbours flapping
Cad dúirt said?
Asked questions with worried looks
Cad a bhí á cheapadh agat?
I kept wondering what all the fuss was about
a duirt tú?
I only went looking for Nana
Cén fhad a raibh tú imithe?
I was only gone eight hours
and I was nine*
Where are you going?
Who will go with you?
How will you go?
How long will you be a way?
What will you find?
Where did you go?
How did you get there?
What did you find?
How did you get home?
What did you find?
What did they say?
What were you thinking?
What did you say?
How long were you gone?
Intriguing. Ethereal storytelling, conjuring up a world fado fado.
It also highlighted how crap my Irish is!
An tú féin a bhí ann?
Brilliant and Terrifying!
25.11 | 22:15
Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.
07.11 | 11:14
A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there
06.11 | 16:24
A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.
06.11 | 15:59
Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.
In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.