The Spark of Joy / Dealan an Aoibhnis
When I lit the sparkler
by Colette Ní Ghallchóir, trans, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Dealán an Aoibhnis
Nuair a lás mé an dealán
le Colette Ní Ghallchóir.
Divorce 19th-century Style.
‘That is not the way
‘Well , if it isn’t,’ said he,
‘How come you never told me,’ said I
le Colette Ní Ghallchóir, trans. by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
Colscaradh na Naoú hAoise Déag.
‘Chan sin an dóigh
‘Munab é,’ arsa seisean
‘Char inis tú dom,’ arsa mise
from The New Irish Poets, ed, Selina Guinness. 2004, Bloodaxe Books.
Colette Ní Ghallchóir was born in the Ghleann Mór Gaelteacht in central Donegal. Her poems are published in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volume 5, her book Idir Dha Ghleann was published by Coiscéim 2005.