Ag obair ar mo leabhar nua

Macasamhail.

Chas mé le bean álainn a bhaistigh
ainm ar a sos míostraithe
béar a thug sí air
toisc go raibh sé firinscneach.

Í ina suí in aice tine
drumaí á bhualadh sa chúlra
thosaíomar ag rince i bhfáinne
thart timpeall na lasracha,

leath bíogbhuillí rithimeacha
taithí carasmatach,
seanbhean a mo ghríogadh
chun dul ag damhsa

is thosaigh sí ag cogarnaíl
go raibh sí ar an colas go raibh
taithí pearsanta agam ar an mbéar;
chasamar trí rann is amhrán,

thosaigh na fir ag cantaireacht
is ag cuimilt chraiceann an bhuabhaill,
roghnaigh mé dhá seithe
le tabhairt abhaile dom shiopa cheardlanna.

Likeness

I met a beautiful woman
who called her menopause ‘bear,’
a male phenomenon,

seated around a fire,
drum beat in the background ,
we danced in circles
around its flames

soft rhythmic beat,
charismatic experience,
old woman enticed me
out to dance

then whispered that she was aware
that I had personal knowledge
of all they called bear, we chanted
three poems and a song

men began to chatter
and stroked buffalo skin,
I chose two leather hides
to bring home to my workbench.

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