‘The Brightest Jewel’ poems by Chris Murray and Aad de Gids

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The Brightest Jewel

 
The perfume of rosemary for remembrance.
 
Little botanic flower baptised in Glas Naíon,
the stream of the infants.
 
I see the pink flower of your hand
reaching up to your blind mouth.
I breathe your name so you will live.
 
The stream of the infants.
 
Cymbidium Minuets, the flowers that you loved
grow in a house of orchids near a dark still pool
 
quiet by the stream of the infants.
 
The Brightest Jewel is © Chris Murray and was first published in V4, Issue #4 of The WomenArts Quarterly Journal. (2014)
 


 

The Brightest Jewel

 
La Haïe Fleurie time capsule of reminiscence
a hedge with jasmine crescent around graveyard
 
the stream of the infants
 
honeysuckle, jasmine scented glove
 
as if to swathe you in soft deerskin
and keep you from hard life as death
 
the stream of the infants
 
Anemone Nemorosa expressing a whiteness
aspect of you outerbodily covert coveted, ferned
 
quiet by the stream of the infants
 
This responsorial is © Aad de Gids
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Note: ‘
The Brightest Jewel’ refers to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. ‘Glasnevin’ is roughly translated from the Irish ‘Glas Naíon’ meaning ‘The Stream of the Infants’. The National Botanic Gardens share the both River Tolka and a perimeter wall with Glasnevin Cemetery, wherein a plot known as ‘The Angels Plot’, a possible resting place for my infant brother, although there are no records. See this article on Cilíní.
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