My Love (in brackets) By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill (Irish Poem)

My Love (in brackets) By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill (Irish Poem)


Mo Ghrá-sa (idir lúibíní)

le Nuala Ní Dhomhaill
Níl mo ghrá-sa
mar bhláth na n-airní
a bhíonn i ngairdín
(nó ar chrann ar bith)

is má tá aon ghaol aige
le nóiníní
is a chluasa a fhásfaidh siad
(nuair a bheidh sé ocht dtroigh síos).

Ní haon ghlaise cheolmhar
iad a shúile
(táid róchóngarach dá chéile
ar an gcéad dul síos)

is más slim é síoda
tá ribí a ghruaige
(mar bhean dhubh Shakespeare)
ina wire deilgní.

Ach is cuma sin.
Tugann sé dom
úlla
(is nuair a bhíonn sé i ndeá-ghiúmar caora fíniúna).

My Love (in brackets) 

By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill

My love is not
Like the blackthorn blossom
That grows in gardens
(Or on any tree at all)

And if he has anything to do
With daisies
They will grow out of his ears
(When he’s eight feet under)

No harmonising green
His eyes (or No Musical stream his eyes)
(They’re too close together
To begin with)

And if silk is smooth
The hairs on his head
(Like Shakespeare’s Dark Lady)
Are thorny wires

But it doesn’t matter
He gives me
Apples
(And grapes when he’s in good humour)

Translation sourced: Gléasnótaí Gaeilge 2014. Dublin: Mentor Books

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2 thoughts on “My Love (in brackets) By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill (Irish Poem)

  1. Its raining cats and dogs.
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    Happy as a box of birds.
    Free as a bird.
    Dont bug me .
    A cock and bull story.
    Fight like cat and dog.
    As sick as a dog.
    Would not hurt a fly
    ants in ones pants.
    Monkey see monkey do.
    quiet as a mouse.
    Proud as a peacock.
    Snake in the grass.

    As strong as a horse.
    An
    As strong as a horse.

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