Máthair Chréafóige, by Helen Soraghan Dwyer.

Earth Mother

for Firoana.
 
The plains of Romania
Under thirty degrees of heat
Stretch to the poplar trees
At the edge of the earth.
 
A weathered peasant lady
Offers me water,
Her toothless smile
Mothers me
As I rest in the shade.
 
She is a daughter of this soil,
Of sun and sweat and toil.
I am from a city
She will never visit.
 
As I return her smile
And sip her water
She is every woman’s mother,
I am every woman’s daughter.
 

from Still, by Helen Soraghan Dwyer.

Máthair Chréafóige

 
do Firoana
 
Machairí na Rómáine
I mbrothall an lae
Síneann go poibleoga bhána
Ar imeall an domhain.
 
Bean chríonna tuaithe
A thairgeann deoch dom,
Miongháire mantach
Dom mhúirniú
Istigh faoin bhfothain.
 
Iníon chréafóige í,
Iníon allais is gréine.
Ón gcathair nach bhfeicfir choíche
Is ea do thángas.
 
Aoibh ormsa leis
Ag ól uisce,
Iníon cách mise,
Máthair cách í siúd.
 
as Faire, le Helen Soraghan Dwyer. Lapwing Publications, Belfast 2010.
 
Note about the Book.
 
I picked up this book and another volume of women’s poetry on Saturday, in my local bookshop. The poetry section is well-balanced and stocked. As I have not asked permission to advertise the shop,  so I won’t name the wonderful proprietor yet. Suffice it to say that she also does  some excellent internet ordering ,  and has some  independently bound essays which are virtually impossible to get in Ireland. I shall edit this with a link to catalogues in the near future.

Máthair Chréafóige – Earth Mother  by Helen Soraghan Dwyer. From Still – Faire. Trans, Bernadette Nic an tSaoir Lapwing Publications 2010.