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It has been a while. Life was frantically busy. A Creative Masters (Poetry) start at Manchester Metropolitan University, a weekly trip there for class, weekly writing and an assignment would have been enough. But then, Dorothea Aoife Ní Chlérigh-Lynch was born on 25th April 2019, pushing everything else into the shade. And so, we blissfully welcome her into the world and into the family. She is a treasure, delight and a great house upheavaler! We are now a household of seven persons all of whom are subservient to the new arrival, Dorothea. She, therefore, has to be the main event right now. There is more to come but for later episodes. As is in keeping with my granddad brief and aspiring writer a heralding is in order. Here it is, and, as usual, read, enjoy, share and give me feedback.

Dorothea Aoife Ní Chléirigh-Lynch

(for my granddaughter, born 25th April 2019)

A three-point seven five kilo mouthful,

divinely edible; serene, comfortable

in her own skin – pink, soft and fluffy to kiss,

and unbelievably long-fingered.

How did that happen? her brother

is often heard to say – as she settles

into the adoring gaze of her family.

Smaller; trouble-free, easier arrival,

shaped even now by a name –

flashing image of a lost Aoife.

Has she been set up to fill big shoes?

It seems so, but she will be her

own person set her own stamp,

a trait of stubborn self-will

on both sides ensures it.

Peter Clarke

1st May 2019



03.05.2019 16:51

Congrats Peter on both the new arrival and the lovely poetic tribute.


03.05.2019 13:42

Dorothea, a new star, sets out on the yellow brick road, flanked by two brothers, watched over by all the clan.
mile Maith, Peter for sharing your joy in poem full of care and hope. A new life

Maura O'Nell

03.05.2019 08:43

Peter, what a super poem. All of the emotion of welcoming this beautiful little being, the sheer joy of her, now part of your family, floods your poem. Congratulations to all of you x


02.05.2019 23:22

So lovely darling Peter and I love that she carries Aoife's name. Many blessings on your beautiful family. xx


02.05.2019 21:30

Just beautiful.

Rosy Wilson

02.05.2019 20:05

Beautiful baby poem and blog. Congrats to you all


02.05.2019 19:23

Beautiful and very touching Peter!


02.05.2019 19:14

A happy happy granddad: beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!

Jack Abell

02.05.2019 15:39

Beautifully written Peter.


02.05.2019 15:33

Beautiful Peter. I can only imagine the excitement in the house. The acknowledgement of the hint of continuity is touching. May dorothea have a great life.

Leo S

02.05.2019 14:47

Delightful Dorothea,
How clever of you
to choose this family
full of music, full of poetry
full of love

Alice Owens

02.05.2019 14:47

Wonderful poem. Captures the moment so perfectly I can almost smell the scent scent of baby powder and milk. What a cute little baby. Enjoy.

Latest comments

25.11 | 22:15

Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.

07.11 | 11:14

Hi Peter,

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.

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