Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Happy St. Bridget's Day


St. Bridget's Day, the start of spring.
Fair lady, be our friend.
You stand before us beckoning
To earrach without end.

("Earrach" is the Gaelic word for spring.)

I posted this poem on Facebook, and was delighted when Ciarán Ó Coigligh wrote a translation of it, which I include below. I've never had one of my poems translated before, and I would be surprised it if ever happens again!

Lá Fhéil Bríde tús an earraigh.
A Bhan-tiarna chóir, is tú ár gcaraid,
seasta romhainn de shíor ár mealladh,
le earrach síor a thabhairt faoi deara.

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