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An tOileán / Poem by Sarah Lough

for my mother, Mary Phil Óg Rodgers-Molloy, a remarkable Inishkeeragh woman





An tOileán


(The island)


Like a mother

who has seen her last child

linger in the leaving,

lean into the wind,

turn to another shore,

the island draws breath

in hope, anticipation,

knowing that in the letting go

her children will always

return home.










 © Sarah Lough
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