Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Solitude

Deirtear
Gur dhíol sé móinéar thoir feirm a mhuintir
Leis an dtógálaí áitiúil
Mar mhalairt ar chás airgid
Agus bos beo le seile cuaiche.

Deirtear
Gur cheannaigh sé bád
A bhaist sé Solitude.
Gur chuir sé ar snámh í
Tráth, ar Loch an Bhúrcaigh
Ach ní fhacthas ó shin í.

Deirtear
Go bhfuil sí sa bhaile aige
Suite seascair i gcúinne
Bothán na ba, maisithe
Le síoda damhán alla,
A cabhlach doiléir
Le deannach tiubh,
Dubh.

 

Solitude

They say
That he sold the haggart of the family farm
To the local builder, for a pillowcase of cash
And a palmful of cuckoo spit.

They say
That he bought a boat, named it Solitude.
Sailed it once, beyond on Bourke’s Lake
Never been seen since.

They say
That it sits among blooms of cobwebs
In the corner of the calves’ cabin, where
Deep dust dulls its hull.

 


Frida

“She lived dying”  — Andrés Henestrosa, 1925

Idir bás agus beatha
Luíonn Frida ina leaba
Malaí mealltacha mar éin allta
A scaipeann sciatháin scáthacha
Sa spéir thar a súile.


Frida

“She lived dying”  — Andrés Henestrosa, 1925

Between life and death,
Frida lies in her sickbed.
Her beguiling brow is
A wild bird,
Spreading silent wings
Like shadows
In the sky
Above her eye.



(translations from the Irish by the author)



Doireann Ní Ghríofa grew up in County Clare. She holds a Masters Degree in Modern Irish Literature. Her poetry has been published in Feasta, Comhar, Prairie Schooner (Contemporary Irish Writers Issue), Causeway, Cyphers, Ropes Anthology, Revival, An tUltach, Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book and An Gael. Further poems are forthcoming in Melusine. Doireann was among the prize-winners in the emerging writer category at the Oireachtas literary awards 2010, and was shortlisted in Siarscéal 2012 and in Comórtas Uí Néill, both in 2011 and 2012. The Arts Council has awarded her a literature bursary. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2012. Her debut collection, Résheoid, is published by Coiscéim, and her forthcoming collection Dúlasair will be published in 2012.

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