Images Of Ireland
The Grass Widow of the North
In the season of the wailing wind,
Far from this arid site,
On the dawning of the day
The drapery of my hair
Your messages telling me to "hold on"
Who hears his cries?
Here I am, awaiting your arrival,
I'm sure like me you know someone who this poem could be about. Marge's grandmother Elizabeth Irwin came from the "Orchard of Ireland" County Armagh.
Marge has written and published a book of poems, entitled, "El Fruto Mezclado", (Mixed Fruit) She does poetry readings in English and Spanish in small presentations through out the US.
Marge tells me "The Grass Widow Of The North" poem explores a universal theme of a woman being left behind with the children while her husband seeks work to send money home. When I perform this poem in Spanish, the words are the sound effect of the wind rising and dying. There's also a universal theme of the keening woman that comes across more effectively when it is performed aloud."
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